This Is What Integrity Looks Like

Wouldn't it have been nice if someone like Johnnie Walters were in charge of the Internal Revenue Service these past several years? Johnnie M. Walters, a commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service under President Richard M. Nixon who left office after refusing to prosecute people on Nixon’s notorious “enemies list,” died on Tuesday at his home in Greenville, S.C. He …

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His contributions represent a particular sort of genius: insight which not only seems obvious in hindsight, but which so substantially transforms the discipline that its effect is hard to appreciate all these years later. Is it really possible that family choices were not seen as appropriate material for economic analysis back in the day? [. …

In Memoriam: Gary S. Becker

Milton Friedman called Gary Becker "the greatest social scientist who has lived and worked in the last half century." The praise was well-deserved, and if it wasn't, that might have been because the only other contender for the title was Friedman himself. Becker was masterful at formulating interesting questions to think about, and he was …

In Memoriam: Pete Seeger

His legacy was summed up nicely nearly seven years ago by Ronald Radosh: Today, Jim Brown's new documentary, "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song," opens the annual American Film Institute/Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival near Washington, D.C. Two years ago, Mr. Brown asked to interview me for the film. I was a former student and friend …

Let Me Fix a Headline for the New York Times

This piece should have been entitled "Amiri Baraka, Embracer of Lunatic Conspiracy Theories and Noted Anti-Semite, Dies at 79." And here is why: [Baraka] came to renewed, unfavorable attention in 2002, when a poem he wrote about the Sept. 11 attacks, which contained lines widely seen as anti-Semitic, touched off a firestorm that resulted in the …

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Diane Herrmann, the co-director of Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics and a Senior Lecturer, described Sally as “a force of nature.” Herrmann worked with Sally as a teacher, mentor and then as a colleague for the past 30 years. “He was passionately interested in mathematical education at all levels,” said Herrmann, who with Sally co-founded the …