It is with great sadness that we share the news of Dick Cline’s passing on March 19, 2023. To those of us at the Cline Center, he was far more than the generous benefactor whose founding endowment gave life to the Cline Center nearly two decades ago. Dick was also a dear friend and mentor to many of us, who will greatly miss his incisive wisdom, constant encouragement, and easy laughter. All of us will remember Dick as an involved and enthusiastic champion of the Cline Center’s mission to transform information into knowledge that advances human flourishing around the world. We are honored to now serve as a living legacy of Dick’s vision for bringing academic research to bear on the most pressing societal problems of our day.
For those interested in learning more about the vision that led Dick Cline to launch the Cline Center, we are honored to share this collection of Dick’s reflections on “the freedom that enables free will, the institutions that encourage freedom, and the benefits that flow from giving human will the maximum opportunity for free expression” published in 2007 as Echoes of Freedom: Personal Reflections of Richard C. Cline.