Herbert J. Walberg, R.I.P.

Published February 10, 2023
Herbert Walberg giving a lecture on education policy at The Heartland Institute

The death of Herbert J. Walberg is a loss to everyone who cares not just about improving schooling but about building and preserving a free society.

Herb served for several years as the Chairman of the Board of the Heartland Institute and continued, until his death on Monday, as a Senior Fellow of the Institute.  All of us associated with Heartland know of his tireless work in building this organization and sharpening its focus.

Herb was deeply devoted to making life better for children, especially through creating opportunities for them to become educated and to learn how to continue educating themselves for their lifetimes.

Many other institutions benefitted from his scholarly and administrative contributions, including The University of Chicago, where he earned his Ph.D.;  the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he taught; and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  He reached thousands of lives directly, making them better, through his work in classrooms and conference rooms throughout America and the world, as well as through his prodigious output of books and learned articles.

He will be deeply missed, not just by Heartlanders but by citizens of the Republic of Letters and free people everywhere.