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Cyrus Roberts Vance (Clarksburg, West Virginia, March 27, 1917 - January 12,           
2002) was the United States Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter from       
1977 to 1980. He approached foreign policy with an emphasis on negotiation over         
conflict and a special interest in arms reduction. In April of 1980, Vance             
resigned in protest of Operation Eagle Claw, the secret mission to rescue               
American hostages in Iran. He was succeeded by Edmund Muskie.                           
Vance was the nephew (and adoptive son) of 1924 Democratic Presidential                 
Candidate and noted lawyer John W. Davis.                                               
Vance returned to his law practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in 1980, but           
was repeatedly called back to public service throughout the 1980s and 1990s,           
participating in diplomatic missions to Bosnia, Croatia, and South Africa. His         
plan Z-4 was never accepted from Serbs from Croatia, which resulted with               
Operation Storm of Croatian forces in 1995.                                             
In 1993, he was awarded the United States Military Academy's Sylvanus Thayer           
He died aged 84 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease and was interred at       
Arlington National Cemetery.                                                           
Vance also was a member of the Trilateral Commission.