WASHINGTON - Lawrence Eagleburger, a career US foreign service officer who rose to the position of secretary of state, passed away Saturday, aged 80, according to media reports. Eagleburger, who was involved in rallying diplomatic support for the Afghan war, especially after President Ronald Reagan appointed him deputy secretary of state in 1982, died in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a short illness, the reports said. Two of his one-time bosses, former President George H.W. Bush (the elder statesman) and former Secretary of State James Baker, mourned the retired diplomat and praised his service. As good as they come was Bakers description. Eagleburger held the top post at the State Department for five months when Baker resigned in the summer of 1992 to help Bush in an unsuccessful bid for re-election. As Bakers deputy, Eagleburger he had taken on a variety of difficult assignments, including running the department bureaucracy. Baker often was abroad, working on Middle East problems, German reunification and collapse of the Soviet Union, leaving Eagleburger to tend to the home front. In subsequent years, he was available to offer advice, along with other former senior officials, to Hillary Rodham Clinton as she prepared for the job of secretary of state. Eagleburger was married to the former Marlene Ann Heinemann, who died last year.