Dr. Bill Rood, our friend and teacher, passed away at his home in Manchester, California on Thursday, October 6 after a bout with cancer. Dr. Rood was Professor Emeritus at Claremont McKenna College and a Fellow of the Claremont Institute. He received the Claremont Institute's Salvatori Prize in the American Founding in 2007 and taught in the Claremont Institute's Publius Fellows Program since 1979.
Dr. Rood was the author of Kingdoms of the Blind: How the Great Democracies Have Resumed the Follies That So Nearly Cost Them Their Life. He also authored numerous essays and served as Executive Editor of the Institute's Grand Strategy: Countercurrents. He was also the author of an award-winning essay, "Distant Rampart," for the Naval Institute's journal, Proceedings in 1967.
Dr. Rood was a private infantryman in Patton's Third Army in World War II and was part of the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. He studied engineering at Stanford University as part of the Army Program. After the war he did graduate work at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, and the University of California, Berkeley where he received his PhD in Political Science.
He is survived by his wife Juanita and daughters Hillary and Elizabeth.
The Claremont Institute is planning a memorial service for Dr. Rood in the coming months.