Ed Hewett, Bush Adviser On Russia, Dies
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Ed A. Hewett, a top adviser to President Bush on Russia and the other countries of the former Soviet Union, has died of cancer. He was 50.
Hewett died Friday at a Washington hospital of cancer that began in an adrenal gland. A respected economist, Hewett joined the staff of the National Security Council in March 1991, becoming Bush’s special assistant and senior adviser for Russian and Eurasian affairs.
Hewett was viewed as a key architect of administration policies as the former Soviet Union was breaking apart.
The president recently honored Hewett with a Special Award for Exceptional Service for what Bush called his ″extraordinary creativity, energy and leadership in forging a new policy for democratic reform in the former Soviet Union.″
Before joining the White House staff, Hewett served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution from 1981 to 1991 where he wrote several influential books on Soviet and East European economies.
Hewett was born in Missouri, received a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan. He joined the economics faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 1971 where he taught for 10 years.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Nancy Maisto Hewett of Silver Spring, Md.; his parents, Ed and Esther Hewett of San Diego; a brother, David, of Eugene, Ore., and a sister, Patricia Pisano, of Escondito, Calif.
Memorial services were being planned through the Brookings Institution, and officials there said a fellowship fund was being established in Hewett’s honor.