George Bunn, expert on arms reduction, dies at 87

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George Bunn, a leading figure in the field of arms control who helped draft and negotiate the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968, limiting the spread of nuclear weapons worldwide, died April 21 at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 87.

He had spinal cancer, said his son Matthew Bunn.

In 1945, while serving in the Navy, George Bunn was on a ship bound for Japan when atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought an end to World War II.

"He was convinced that the atomic bomb saved his life," Matthew Bunn, an arms control specialist at Harvard University, said Thursday. "Yet he devoted most of the rest of his life to the effort to bring the fearsome power of nuclear weapons under control."

In the early 1960s, George Bunn drafted the legislation that created the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in the administration of President John F. Kennedy. Bunn was the first general counsel of the agency, which was designed to be independent of the interests of the military and State Department.

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Bunn was born May 26, 1925, in St. Paul, Minn. His father was a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

He joined the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University in 1986 and became a widely respected teacher and authority on global arms reduction.

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