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Russell Amos Kirk

Russell Amos Kirk, American writer, lecturer, editor, foundation president. Recipient Ingersoll prize for scholarly writing, 1984, Presidential Citizen's medal, 1989, Salvatori prize for history writing, 1991; Guggenheim fellow, senior fellow American Council Learned Societies, Constitutional fellow National Endowment of the Humanities, distinguished fellow Heritage Foundation.


  • Kirk, Russell Amos was born on October 19, 1918 in Plymouth, Michigan, United States. Son of Russell Andrew and Marjorie (Pierce) Kirk.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Michigan State University, 1940. Master of Arts, Duke University, 1941. Doctor of Letters (honorary), St. Andrews University, Scotland, 1952.

      Degree (honorary); Doctor of Letters (honorary), Boston College. Doctor of Letters (honorary), St. John's University. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Loyola College, Baltimore.

      Doctor of Letters (honorary), Gannon College. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Central Michigan University. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Albion College.

      Doctor of Letters (honorary), Grand Valley College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Park College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Niagara University.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Pepperdine University. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Le Moyne College. Degree in Journalism, Olivet College.


    • President Educational Reviewer Foundation, 1960-1994. President Marguerite Eyer Wilbur Foundation, 1979-1994. Visiting professor various universities.

      Fulbright professor, Scotland, 1987. Director social science program Educational Research Council American, 1979-1985.


    • Rights and Duties: Reflections on Our Conservative Constitution
    • Transcending the commonplace that conservative constitutional interpretation is chained to the bare text of the document itself, the eminent political philosopher Russell Kirk lays the foundation for a conservative understanding of the "living Constitution" in a classic popular study of the social, cultural, and political inheritance of the American Founding.
    • Lord of the Hollow Dark
    • "This mystical romance, conforming faithfully to the canons of the Gothick tale as expounded by Walter Scott in his memoir of Ann Radcliffe, I dedicate to my sister, Carolyn, whom I endeavored to affright in her tender years.


    • Married Annette Yvonne Courtemanche, September 19, 1964. 4 children.
    Russell Amos Kirk
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    Born October 19, 1918
    Died April 29, 1994
    (aged 75)
    • 1940
      Michigan State University
    • 1941
      Duke University
    • 1952
      St. Andrews University
    • 1960 - 1994
      President, Educational Reviewer Foundation
    • 1979 - 1994
      president, Marguerite Eyer Wilbur Foundation
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