Ellen Profoundly Saddened over Death of J. Rudolph Grimes

Monday, 10th September 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE PRESIDENT ON THE DEATH OF THE FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE OF LIBERIA, J. RUDOLPH GRIMES.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is profoundly saddened over news of the death Former Liberian Secretary of State, J. Rudolph Grimes, who passed away on Friday, September 8, 2007 in the United States of America.

The late Grimes was undisputedly one of Liberia’s finest and most distinguished international statesmen who served the country with the highest sense of dedication and commitment to duty. As Liberia’s youngest and longest serving Secretary of State, (1960 – 1971), the late Rudolph Grimes ably shaped and championed Liberia’s foreign policy and played a leading role in the drafting of the Charter of the Organization of African Unity, a forerunning of what is today the African Union, and unmistakably articulated the country’s position in the liberation of African states then still under colonial rule.

He was a fine and charismatic statesmen, whose sterling qualities will leave an indelible mark on the Foreign Service in Liberia, Africa and the world.

His passing, at a time when Liberia’s image and re-emergence in the comity of nations is attracting more international attention, will be solely missed.

The President extends heartfelt condolences to the family as they mourn his passing and prays that the loss of the Former Secretary of State will serve as a rallying point to keep our country at the center stage and maintain the respect the country acclaimed under the statesmanship of this great son of Liberia.