David Dean Rusk KBE (1909-94) Signed Card, "Dean Rusk", 3 x 5, on lined card mounted to another blank card, Dean Rusk was the President of the Rockefeller Foundation (1952-60) and the United States Secretary of State from 1961 to 1969 under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He had been hired by the United States Department of State in 1945 and became Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs in 1950. After winning the 1960 presidential election, Kennedy asked Rusk to serve as secretary of state. He supported diplomatic efforts during the Cuban Missile Crisis and, though he initially expressed doubts about the escalation of the U.S. role in the Vietnam War, became known as one of its strongest supporters. Rusk served for the duration of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations before retiring from public office in 1969. Rusk is one of the longest serving U.S. Secretaries of State. After leaving office, he taught international relations at the University of Georgia School of Law. In fine condition.