R.I.P., Mr. Chairman

David A. Hartman passed from this life on November 24, at the age of 79.  Though it has been some time since his writing appeared in these pages, Mr. Hartman’s influence will be felt as long as Chronicles remains in print.  As his close friend, collaborator, and fellow board member Tom Pauken rightly noted in his eulogy at Mr. Hartman’s memorial service on December 5, David Hartman’s leadership as chairman of the board of directors guided The Rockford Institute through a pivotal decade, and it is no exaggeration to say that, without the generous support of the Hartman Foundation (run by Mr. Hartman, his brothers, and his son Doug) over several of those years, Chronicles would not exist today.

A Connecticut Yankee who spent much of his life in his adopted state of Texas, Mr. Hartman was a man who combined a relentlessly probing mind with a nearly indomitable will.  His daughter, Diana, recalled with fondness her father’s many aphorisms; one that we heard many times was that Mr. Hartman believed in the Golden Rule: “He who has the gold makes the rules.”  Yet he never withheld his support from Chronicles when he disagreed with something we published; he would much rather fight it out over a Dewar’s, punctuating his points with his ever-present cigar.  And he was never afraid to change his mind: Having come round to Chronicles’...

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