Appointed by President George H. W. Bush
Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on August 1, 1930. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1952 with a major in history. After serving as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954, Eagleburger received an M.S. in political science from the University of Wisconsin in 1957.
Upon graduation, Eagleburger entered the Foreign Service. His first position was in the economic section of the U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In 1959, the year of Castro's coming to power, Eagleburger was assigned as political analyst of Cuba at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Two years later, in 1961, he was assigned to the economic section of the U.S. embassy in the Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
In 1963, an earthquake occurred in the Yugoslav republic of Macedonia. Eagleburger led the U.S. government's efforts to provide medical and other assistance. He was recalled in 1965 to Washington to serve on the Secretariat staff dealing with European Affairs. In March 1966, he was named as special assistant to former Secretary of State Dean Acheson, who was President Lyndon Johnson's special assistant on Franco-NATO issues. In August 1966 he became acting director of the Secretariat staff. In October of that year, Eagleburger was appointed a member of the National Security Council staff. After a year in this position, Eagleburger was named in October 1967 as special assistant to Undersecretary of State Nicholas Katzenbach.
After Richard Nixon's election as president in 1968, Eagleburger was appointed as liaison to Henry Kissinger, who was to assume the position of National Security Advisor. The following January, Eagleburger was appointed Kissinger's executive assistant and helped him set up the National Security Council staff. Later, in Sep-tember 1969, he was assigned to the U.S. mission to NATO in Brussels, where he would serve as political advisor and head of the political section.