Tributes have been pouring in from public figures following the death of Madeleine Albright.

Appointed by former President Bill Clinton, she was the first woman who served as secretary of state and also represented the United States to the United Nations.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, who live in Preston Hollow, published a tribute in remeberance of Albright:

“Laura and I are heartbroken by the news of Madeleine Albright’s death. She lived out the American dream and helped others realize it. As a young girl in Czechoslovakia, she fled the Nazis, and years later, she fled Communism. When she arrived in the United States as a young girl aboard the SS America in 1948, she never dreamt that she would become our nation’s first female Secretary of State. She served with distinction as a foreign-born foreign minister who understood firsthand the importance of free societies for peace in our world. I respect her love of country and public service, and Laura and I are grateful to have called Madeleine Albright our friend. We send our sincere sympathies to her daughters.”

Bush painted a portrait of Albright for his book, Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants.

Photo courtesy of George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Albright died March 23 of cancer; she was 84.