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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)

President Lawrence W. Reed pays tribute to a central figure in the Liberty Movement

John Blundell’s name deserves to be honored and remembered for a very long time.

He played an indisputably crucial role in the effectiveness of the Institute of Economic Affairs during the Thatcher years. He was a beacon for liberty across four decades at the helm of IEA and other leading organizations around the world. Everyone consulted him; everyone learned from him. Liberty animated him.

I remember how proud I was of him as he led the largest gathering ever of the Mont Pelerin Society, which he chaired in 2002 in London at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Center. That meeting was as much a tribute to John as it was to the Society itself. Like so many people on every continent, I will miss him greatly.

– Lawrence W. Reed


  • Lawrence W. Reed is FEE's President Emeritus, having previously served for nearly 11 years as FEE’s president (2008-2019). He is also FEE's Humphreys Family Senior Fellow and Ron Manners Global Ambassador for Liberty. His Facebook page is here and his personal website is