JAMES J. KILPATRICK (1920-2010) is considered one of the top ten syndicated columnists in the nation. Native of Oklahoma City and a leading spokesman for conservatives, he worked on the Richmond (Va.) News Leader (1941-67). He became a nationally syndicated columnist in 1964 and a national television network political commentator in 1962. The author of five books, he holds the University of Missouri School of Journalism Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service in Journalism (1953). He has been chairman of the National Conference of Editorial Writers (1953-56) and holds the Outstanding Editorial Writer Award of The Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi (1954).