Yuval Levin, National Review, January 10, 2015.
Walter Berns, the great political theorist, constitutional scholar, and teacher and mentor to generations of students, passed away on Saturday at the age of 95.
Berns taught at Cornell, Yale, Georgetown, the University of Toronto, Louisiana State, and elsewhere, but perhaps above all he taught through his essays and books on subjects ranging from the limits of the social sciences to the freedom of speech, capital punishment, constitutional interpretation, patriotism, and much more. All combined a deep understanding of political philosophy with a command of American history and a keen grasp of the prudential limits of both statesmanship and citizenship. He was a calm but firm voice of reason on the very subjects that tended to draw the most heated and least reasonable public debates through the years. And he always seemed to embody in his own life the virtues he sought to elevate in his work.
National Review Online