A model diplomat and public servant, a successful figure both in and out of government, and by all accounts, a mensch. He was taken from the world at the much-too-young age of 64. I never had the privilege of meeting him, but I admired him and his work greatly. Of course he would have been an outstanding U.S. senator; indeed, he would have been an outstanding lots-of-other-things had he only lived longer to add to an already splendid resume, and if only certain elections might have gone different ways, thus enabling him to serve the country in new capacities.
Requiescat in pace.