LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher died in his home late Friday night of complications from bladder and kidney cancer. He was 85.
Christopher was applauded for his efforts to promote peace in the Middle East by urging a ban on nuclear weapons tests and extending curbs on proliferation of weapons technology. He traveled to the region often, making some two dozen trips to Syria to encourage a peace settlement with Israel.
He was successful in producing a settlement in 1995 for Bosnia, ending a war that drove some 1.8 million Muslims, Serbs and Croats from their homes and took the lives of 1.8 million others.
Christopher expanded U.S. economic ties to Asia and urged for reform in Russia.
Closer to home, Christopher headed a panel that perpetuated LAPD reforms following the March 1991 Rodney King beating, including installing cameras in patrol cars.
A loyal democrat, Christopher supervised the contested Florida recount for AL Gore in the 2000 presidential election, in which the Supreme Court decided on George W. Bush on a 5-4 vote.
Christopher received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California in 1945 and went on to attend Stanford Law School. He served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas in 1949 and 1950.
He became a deputy attorney general in the Lyndon Johnson administration in the late 1960s.
He is survived by his wife Marie and four children in two marriages: Lynn, Scott, Thomas, and Kristen.