In Memoriam: Harry V. Jaffa, 1918-2015

Claremont McKenna College, January 12, 2015.


Harry V. Jaffa, a preeminent professor of political philosophy whose views contributed to CMC’s early identity as a bastion of conservatism on the West Coast, passed away last week, on January 10 at Pomona Valley Hospital. He was 96.

Jaffa was regarded as a brilliant student of conservative politics. The National Review hails him as a “towering scholar.” He established himself in the 1950s as both a prominent student of political philosophy as well as one of the nation’s leading scholars on Abraham Lincoln. He also assisted presidential hopeful Barry Goldwater during his failed 1964 bid for the White House.

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