The eminent classical liberal historian Ralph Raico passed away yesterday, on December 13, 2016, to the undeniable sorrow of the classical liberal, libertarian, and conservative community. Prof. Raico was dedicated to property rights, peace, and liberty. Although Raico did not share the optimism for the future of some of his colleagues, Prof. Raico has shown, just like Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises, Leonard Liggio, and others, that one man can make a difference. Prof. Raico was an exemplary scholar and will assuredly be remembered fondly by those who knew him--and even those who have not had the pleasure of meeting him, such as myself.
Ralph Raico was born in Italian Harlem New York City in 1936, moving to The Bronx where he attended The Bronx High School of Science. Raico attended Ludwig von Mises's New York University seminar, first in high school in 1953, and then continuing for a number of years while pursuing undergraduate studies at the City University of New York. He received his PhD in 1970 from the University of Chicago, with a thesis entitled "The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton," where his committee was chaired by Friedrich Hayek. Raico was a founding editor and editor-in-chief of The New Individualist Review, which ran for 17 issues between 1961 and 1968. Raico translated Ludwig von Mises' 1927 German work, Liberalismus, into English in 1962, as well as various articles by Friedrich Hayek. Raico became a senior editor of Inquiry magazine, associate editor of The Independent Review, and senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He was a Professor of History, teaching briefly at Wabash College, but started teaching at Buffalo State University in 1967, continuing for 39 years until his retirement, becoming a Professor Emeritus. In 2000, Raico won the Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Cause of Liberty.
I have compiled an incomplete bibliography of the lifetime works of Prof. Raico, with embedded links to publicly accessible copies, where available. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any corrections or additions to this bibliography, as I'm sure there will be. Here is a link: http://www.principialibertatis.com/ralph-raico-bibliography/