Helena Maria O’Brien Bio, Wiki
Helena Maria O’Brien was best known for being the first wife of George Shultz, an American economist, statesman, and businessman. He served in various positions under three different Republican presidents and is one of only two people to have held four different Cabinet-level posts. The two were married from 1946 until her death in 1995.
Helena Maria O’Brien Background
Helena Maria Shultz was an Army Nurses Corps lieutenant in World War II who traveled the world with her husband, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Born Helena Maria O’Brien in Nashua, N.H., she was known throughout her life by the nickname “O’Bie.”
She always active in promoting nursing and helping handicapped children, served as the nation’s diplomatic hostess when her husband headed the State Department from 1982 to 1989 during the Administration of President Ronald Reagan. Traveling with her husband on his official duties and when he headed Bechtel Co., she logged about 2 million miles. The couple were about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in February 1995 when she in Palo Alto of pancreatic cancer.
Helena Maria & O’Brien & George Shultz
While serving with the Marines in Hawaii, he met military nurse lieutenant Helena Maria O’Brien (1915–1995). They married on February 16, 1946, and had five children: Margaret Ann Tilsworth, Kathleen Pratt Shultz Jorgensen, Peter Milton Shultz, Barbara Lennox Shultz White, and Alexander George Shultz. Helena died in 1995 of pancreatic cancer.
In 1997, Shultz married Charlotte Mailliard Swig, a prominent San Francisco philanthropist and socialite.
Tyler Shultz, his grandson, is a whistleblower who exposed falsified lab tests conducted at Theranos during his employment, while George Shultz was a board member at the company (see “Theranos scandal” section).
George Shultz Death & Cause
Schultz died on Saturday, Feb 6th, 2021 at his home on the campus of Stanford University, where he was a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution, a think tank, and professor emeritus at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
The Hoover Institution announced Schultz’s death on Sunday. A cause of death was not provided.
George Shultz was thoughtful, analytical, and committed to working in a world of facts and complex truths. Recently, the climate crisis was something about which he cared deeply. To the end, he was dedicated to a better and more secure nation and a more peaceful world. RIP.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) February 7, 2021