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above: Gerald Russello (1971-2021)

In Memoriam

In Memory of Gerald Russello


Gerald Russello, an author and editor often associated with Russell Kirk’s life and work, passed away on Nov. 7, 2021. He was 50 years old.

Russello’s death took me by surprise, as I wasn’t aware until recently that he was fatally ill and being treated for brain cancer. Since he was around the same age as two of my children, I viewed him as a young person still occupied with raising a family.

Russello was a man of parts: a skilled corporate lawyer and the energetic editor of The University Bookman, a publication established decades ago by the conservative author and thinker Russell Kirk. Given this latter responsibility, it is perhaps no surprise that Russello also penned what I consider by far the most brilliant biography of Kirk, The Postmodern Imagination of Russell Kirk, published by the University of Missouri in 2006. I was blown away by both the elegant prose and the imaginative arguments that I found in this manuscript. I offer such a judgment even as the longtime friend of W. Wesley McDonald, who also published an excellent study of the same subject in Russell...