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Tributes to John Berthoud

Posted by David Keating - October 28, 2007

I can't believe I'm writing these words, as I'm still stunned and deeply saddened by the news.

John was a friend and a true friend of freedom. No one worked harder but always with grace and compassion.

He was both a man of integrity and a wonderful teacher. I hope you have time to read the comments on news of John's death below to see how much John did to help staff members at NTU grow personally and professionally. He will be sorely missed.

During difficult times for many conservative groups, John took the reins at NTU ten years ago, and the group thrived as he continued building the organization's influence.

The Washington Times published an obituary in today's paper and an extensive blog post on the reaction to his death.

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John Tillman, Illinois Policy Institute said on Sep 28 2007 at 9:33am
John was a generous soul who will be deeply missed. I feel privileged to have known him and to have benefited immensely from his generous friendship. John had many, many friends in Washington and around the country. He attracted people because he was always warm, giving and passionate in his belief in liberty. When I left my business career to work in political activism, John was one of the first to reach out, was one of the most helpful and supportive, and he cared not at all that I was a newcomer to the movement who “hadn’t read all the books.” All he cared about was how he could help me be more successful. John helped many people around the country be more successful and his leadership will be sorely missed. If John were to leave us with a message, my guess would be that we all need to pursue our passion for liberty vigorously for we never know when our time may be up. Rest in peace, John.