- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 8, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lloyd Cutler, who served as White House counsel to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, died yesterday at his home in Washington. He was 87.

Anne Jordan, a family friend, said Mr. Cutler had been sick for quite a while and had been suffering complications from a broken hip.

In a statement, President Bush said: “Laura and I are saddened by the passing of Lloyd Cutler. Lloyd Cutler served our nation with dedication and distinction throughout his extraordinary career. … He was a devoted public servant who had a profound influence on the legal profession.”

In 1962, Mr. Cutler co-founded Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, one of Washington’s leading law firms.

He joined the Carter White House in 1979 and advised the president on the Iran hostage crisis and the second round of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks with the Soviet Union.

He returned to the White House in 1994 to advise Mr. Clinton on the investigation into the Whitewater real estate deal.

John Podesta, White House chief of staff during the Clinton administration, said: “Lloyd was just a giant in the legal community. In a town split by partisanship, he had enormous credibility and respect on both sides of the aisle. We’ll miss him. He was a good guy.”

Mr. Cutler served frequently on Washington commissions, most recently Mr. Bush’s commission investigating flawed intelligence on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Mr. Cutler stepped down from the commission in July, citing personal reasons.

Mr. Cutler was born in New York City in 1917. He graduated from Yale University in 1936, then from Yale Law School in 1939.

He is survived by his wife, Polly Kraft, three daughters and a son.

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