Me­mo­rial – Philip Gold

The ‘Life Lessons’ colum­nist and cat lover, re­mem­bered by his wife

The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - CONTENTS - • ERIN SOLARO

Philip Gold left us at ap­prox­i­mately 12:30 p.m. on 14 Oc­to­ber 2018, dy­ing peace­fully at home in Karmiel, af­ter a long strug­gle with leukemia, ag­gra­vated by the le­gacy of mul­ti­ple strokes and what was surely chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy (CTE). He was 70 years and two days.

Philip grew up in Pitts­burgh and earned a BA in his­tory from Yale Uni­ver­sity, then joined the US Marine Corps, in which he served 11 years, ac­tive and re­serve, end­ing as a ma­jor with a pri­mary spe­cialty in in­tel­li­gence. He earned his PhD in his­tory from Ge­orge­town Uni­ver­sity, where he taught for 14 years.

A jour­nal­ist and a writer, Philip was a syn­di­cated colum­nist for PRS, an in­de­pen­dent op-ed colum­nist and a staff writer for In­sight on the News, the

Wash­ing­ton Times Mag­a­zine back when the Times was a re­spected news­pa­per with a point of view, rather than an ide­o­log­i­cal rag. He cov­ered na­tional de­fense, ad­ver­tis­ing and psy­chi­a­try, was a fel­low in three think tanks and wrote a reg­u­lar col­umn – “In Re” – for the de­funct Wash­ing­ton Law & Pol­i­tics,

as well as “Life Lessons, about “lighter side of cancer” for The Jerusalem Post.

He also au­thored seven pub­lished books, most re­cently Yom Kip­pur Party Goods in 2010, and com­pleted sev­eral un­pub­lished works, in­clud­ing a novel of the foun­da­tion of the State of Is­rael,

The For­mer (HaKo­dem).

A na­tion­ally re­spected and unusu­ally pre­scient de­fense an­a­lyst, Philip pre­dicted an im­mi­nent ma­jor ter­ror­ist strike in the spring of 2001. A year later, he be­came one of Amer­ica’s first con­ser­va­tives to op­pose the Iraq War, due to his abil­ity to read a map, a bud­get ledger, and a troop ba­sis, in a fu­tile at­tempt to pre­vent an ut­terly waste­ful war of choice. Ac­cord­ingly, he was in­vited to leave the semi-promi­nent Dis­cov­ery In­sti­tute in Seat­tle.

A Gold­wa­ter con­ser­va­tive, Philip then broke en­tirely with con­ser­vatism af­ter nearly 40 years, a story told in

Take Back the Right: How the Neo­cons and the Re­li­gious Right Have Be­trayed the Con­ser­va­tive Move­ment (2004). Al­though his book The Com­ing Draft: The Cri­sis in Our Mil­i­tary and Why Se­lec­tive Ser­vice Is Wrong (2006) was fa­vor­ably re­viewed by and named one of the 100 best books of the year by The New York Times, his ca­reer never re­cov­ered.

Such is the price of be­ing a decade ahead of the times, a price Philip paid will­ingly for the sake of all Amer­i­cans and their Repub­lic.

Deeply con­ser­va­tive by tem­per­a­ment, Philip took se­ri­ously the words of the for­got­ten fa­ther of Amer­i­can con­ser­vatism, Rus­sell Kirk, “Pol­i­tics is the art of the pos­si­ble.” The con­ser­va­tive says he thinks of po­lit­i­cal poli­cies as in­tended to pre­serve or­der, jus­tice and free­dom.

Pro­gres­sive by in­tel­lect and moral­ity, Philip be­lieved that while the past has value we can use to­day and in the fu­ture, it should be per­mit­ted no voice over our lives. He had a deep and abid­ing re­spect for the equal hu­man worth of ev­ery woman and man, and of the civic value of ev­ery Amer­i­can.

Per­son­ally, Philip em­bod­ied the virtues of kind­ness, gen­tle­ness, com­pas­sion, cu­rios­ity, mod­esty, fi­delity and de­cency, as well as ex­cep­tional phys­i­cal and men­tal tough­ness. We found hap­pi­ness late in life to­gether, and I sur­vive him along with our cats, Saman­tha and Buddy. He is also sur­vived by his sis­ters/friends Mar­i­anne Cochrane Cramer McDon­ald, Vir­ginia Cochrane Tor­bert and Pa­tri­cia Cochrane Gross; and his son by a pre­vi­ous mar­riage, Jonathan Charles Eg­gers.

A man of deep in­tegrity, Philip had a de­light­ful sense of hu­mor. A mem­ber of that herd of ex­cep­tion­ally valiant cat­tle – the sav­ing ru­mi­nants – we shall not see his like again.

Philip had a deep and abid­ing re­spect for the equal hu­man worth of ev­ery woman and man

(TNS)

HE IS sur­vived by his beloved cats, Saman­tha and Buddy.

(Cour­tesy)

A DECADE ahead of the times: Philip Gold.

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