May 23rd, 2009 | Uncategorized

Brooke Shearer, founding director of World Fellows program, dies at 58

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Brooke Shearer, a former Clinton administration official who later served as the founding director of Yale’s World Fellows program, died on Tuesday at her Washington home.  She was 58.

The cause was cancer, according to The Washington Post.

Shearer, the wife of former deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott ’68, served as a personal aide to Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 during the 1992 presidential campaign and then directed the White House Fellows program during the Clinton administration.  She came to New Haven in 2001 to serve as the founding director of Yale’s World Fellows program, which allows for emerging leaders from around the world to spend a semester studying at the University.

She left Yale a year later when Talbott, who had been the inaugural director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, accepted the presidency of the Brookings Institution.

(Photo: Yale University)