Sunday, May 18, 2008

Lionel Van Deerlin

 Lionel Van Deerlin Lionel Van Deerlin died in his home yesterday morning at age 93. He will be missed.

I always looked forward to reading his columns. I did not always agree with his opinions, but he always made me think about my own and there is, I believe, no greater gift that one person can give to another than to make them think. He wrote with great clarity and with a wit that was never unkind or sarcastic but was, nonetheless, often razor sharp.

You can read about this fine man’s life in today’s San Diego Union-Tribune.

“Van” was married to Mary Jo Van Deerlin for 67 years and survived her death by just seven months, a not-uncommon story that I always find deeply moving.

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