A Note from the Editor -- Spring 2005

By Wayne Lutton
Volume 15, Number 3 (Spring 2005)
Issue theme: "Facing our geo-destiny: honoring the work of geologist Walter Youngquist"

A Note from the Editor

Untimely Death of Samuel Francis a Great Loss to National Debates

After our Winter issue went to press, Dr. Samuel Francis, one of the leading intellects, writers, and strategists on our issues, died of complications from aneurysm-related heart surgery at a hospital in suburban Washington, D.C. At the time of his untimely death Francis was writing a twice-weekly column for Creators Syndicate (posted and archived at www.VDare.com), was associate editor of The Occidental Quarterly (www.TheOccidentalQuar-terly.com), and a regular contributor to American Renaissance (www.AmRen.com), Middle American News (www.manews.org), The Social Contract (www.thesocial contract.com), and other journals of opinion and scholarship.

Formerly an award-winning staff columnist and deputy editorial page editor for The Washington Times, (1986-1991), he began working in Washington, D.C.,as a policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation in the late 1970s, and served as staff aide on national security issues for Senator John East (R-NC).

It was my privilege to have known Sam Francis for 25 years. I first met him after he joined Sen. East's staff. A foundation that awarded me a graduate fellowship urged me to meet some of the people in East's office. (Prior to his election to the Senate, East had been a political science professor associated with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.) It turned out that I had much in common with Sam Francis as well as others there. Over the years we continued to work together.

No writer with a national presence wrote as often and as courageously as Sam did on the dangers of mass immigration and multiculturalism. While I have lost one of my most valued friends, the immigration reform movement has lost one of its most brilliant advocates.

A collection of some of Sam's best columns is found in America Extinguished which is available from The Social Contract Press.

About the author

Wayne Liutton, Ph.D. is editor of The Social Contract.