In Memoriam: Robert A. Goldwin

AEI Online, January 21, 2010.


I begin with some personal reflections. I had something of a life before I knew Bob Goldwin. I had graduated from college, had played tournament tennis, and, for four years had, along with Bob, fought World War II. (We won it, incidentally.) My life changed directions–or took on its purpose–in 1950 when I began graduate studies at the University of Chicago. It was there–in fact, the first week there–that I met Bob.

I had come from Reed College, by way of a year at the London School of Economics, and had intended to study with–better that I not mention their names–Professors X, Y, and Z. Bob had come from St. John’s College, where he learned about Leo Strauss. He persuaded me to study with Mr. Strauss, as we called him, and I did, then and for the next three years; and it was in those seminars that I met the men–so long as they lived–my life-long friends: Herbert Storing, Allan Bloom, Martin Diamond, Robert Horowitz, and Ralph Lerner. Bob has a photograph of six of us sitting in a row at Colgate University in 1976 during a program celebrating the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence.

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