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Kristol in 1998. (Jim Colburn / AFP/Getty Images)

By Mark Memmott

The Weekly Standard passes along the news that:

Irving Kristol, writer, editor, and social philosopher, has died in Washington at the age of 89. His wisdom, wit, good humor, and generosity of spirit made him a friend and mentor to several generations of thinkers and public servants.

The conservative American Enterprise Institute says of Kristol that he:

Is widely considered to be the founder of American neoconservatism. He was the managing editor of Commentary magazine from 1947 to 1952 and the co-founder of the U.K.-based Encounter. After eight years as the executive vice president of Basic Books, Mr. Kristol became a professor of social thought at the New York University Graduate School of Business. In July 2002, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

He wrote, among many other things, Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea.

In 2003, Kristol wrote in The Weekly Standard that neconservatism "is hopeful, not lugubrious; forward-looking, not nostalgic; and its general tone is cheerful, not grim or dyspeptic. Its 20th-century heroes tend to be TR, FDR, and Ronald Reagan."

Kristol's son: William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and Fox News Channel commentator.

categories: Obituaries, Politics

3:30 - September 18, 2009