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Walter E. Williams 1936-2020

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Posted By: JoElla Bee, 12/3/2020 9:24:41 AM

Walter Williams loved teaching. Unlike too many other teachers today, he made it a point never to impose his opinions on his students.(snip)Walter once said he hoped that, on the day he died, he would have taught a class that day. And that is just the way it was, when he died on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.He was my best friend for half a century. There was no one I trusted more or whose integrity I respected more.


“We may not see his like again. And that is our loss.” - Thomas Sowell. Same will be said of you one day, Sir. I am one among many with so much love, respect and admiration for you. Thank you for your well-written and easily understandable books. God bless you.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: mizzmac 12/3/2020 9:31:36 AM (No. 622164)
What a lovely tribute. So sorry for your loss, sir!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: winmag 12/3/2020 9:39:16 AM (No. 622172)
Always enjoyed him filling in for Rush in the early days. Great defender of liberty and personal responsibility.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: donnaclaire 12/3/2020 9:43:24 AM (No. 622177)
It was an honor and pleasure to read Thomas Sowell's article on Walter Williams - two men I have admired for so long. They are both known to be great and good men - and proudly patriotic Americans. Wonderful to know their caring and loving hearts are at the forefront of who they are.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 12/3/2020 9:56:36 AM (No. 622185)
When he subbed for Rush, he talked about travel with his wife. He said that he always chose a hotel that had rooms with an ironing board and iron so that Mrs. Williams could iron his shirts. My wife and I cracked up when he told that story because we shared his sense of humor. He will be missed!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: larry_bud_melman 12/3/2020 10:18:46 AM (No. 622203)
Thank you Dr Sowell for capturing what I am feeling and your eloquence in expressing it so much better than I ever could.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: TruthFetish 12/3/2020 10:23:30 AM (No. 622208)
The good Doctor Sowell writes in a way that is effortless to read, yet this took time - and a kleenex or two. I know I'm in good company here. RIP, Dr. Williams.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Terry_tr6 12/3/2020 10:33:06 AM (No. 622220)
his little asides about his wife were all gems! I hope their lives together was as much fun as he made it sound.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hermoine 12/3/2020 10:44:57 AM (No. 622232)
Truly one-of-a-kind and a remarkable individual!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: wilarrbie 12/3/2020 10:47:36 AM (No. 622234)
You honor your friend sir, and say what so many of us who didn't have the chance to, but call him Friend nonetheless. Many of us here honor you as well.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: TLCary 12/3/2020 10:49:48 AM (No. 622236)
Thank you Dr. Williams for sharing for so many years. It's been a pleasure being your student. Side note, I've often read that we are a bunch of hate filled racist white-supremacist. Odd... isn't it?
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Old Army Vet 12/3/2020 10:51:58 AM (No. 622237)
Loved Dr. Walter Williams. He was a great American that loved his country, he will be missed greatly.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Bur Oak 12/3/2020 10:55:09 AM (No. 622240)
A giant of our times writing of another giant and his friend.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: columba 12/3/2020 11:36:43 AM (No. 622268)
I enjoyed listening to Mr Williams. Eternal rest, God, grant unto him. and to Mr Sowell: Thank you for your wisdom throuought the past years.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Illinois Mom 12/3/2020 11:40:09 AM (No. 622271)
A lovely tribute about a great man from a great man. I think it's interesting to read the comments from posters and seeing how so many of us has the same fond memories of Mr. Williams standing in for Rush. That was about 25 years ago at least. Last night I was telling my husband about his death and I said that I always enjoyed listening to him and that loved his comments about buying new ironing boards and vacuum cleaners for Mrs. Williams. At least in the 90's he could infuriate the feminazi's and not get "cancelled."
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Thos Weatherby 12/3/2020 12:09:24 PM (No. 622303)
Walter Williams always was able to express an idea so even a Democrat could understand. He was my favorite Rush replacement. He'll be fighting for Trump in heaven.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts 12/3/2020 12:58:09 PM (No. 622341)
A great American has left us. Remember him, Oh Lord, for the good.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Roark 12/3/2020 1:21:40 PM (No. 622362)
I, too, enjoyed the wit and wisdom delivered with calming reassurance by Dr. Williams whenever he sat in for Rush. I could only imagine the delight of taking one of his classes. We could use more like him. As he so often said to his national audience when he took up behind the golden EIB microphone, "Black, by popular demand!"
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Chuzzles 12/3/2020 1:48:50 PM (No. 622385)
As bad as this makes me feel, I cannot even imagine how I am going to feel if and when Rush leaves us. RIP Mr. Williams, peace to your family. I am truly sorry for your loss Dr. Sowell.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: ROLFNader 12/3/2020 2:14:46 PM (No. 622395)
What #18 said , squared. Dr Williams was one of my favorite guest hosts. He had SO much fun with that 'feminazi ' act and so did! Condolences to his family, his wife and best friend, Thomas Sowell.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Judy W. 12/3/2020 2:38:58 PM (No. 622406)
He was brought up in a Philadelphia housing project, garden apartments. He said when he was growing up every family there had a father except himself. I taught Head Start in 1966 and all the kids came from that project. And still almost every family had a father. Walter Williams could explain well what happened after that, when LBJ's Great Society went into effect. He went to a Philadelphia public high school which he said gave him a good education -- they forced him to get it. A few decades later it was a crime-ridden disaster with no discernible education happening there. He could explain that too. It's so sad that no one in charge listened to this man who was so full of practical wisdom, who explained things using both academic theory and his own experiences. Rest In Peace, Walter Williams.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: zoidberg 12/3/2020 9:08:52 PM (No. 622637)
He was a great mind and a great defender of liberty. RIP, sir.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Mauigirl 12/4/2020 12:21:37 AM (No. 622699)
He was the very definition of class.
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