I was saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph Sobran . Mr. Sobran was a favorite columnist of mine, and not simply because I generally agreed with him. He was an outstanding writer, as even most of his critics would agree. Some of his most memorable work was on his study and appreciation of Shakespeare, including the book he authored on the identity of Shakespeare . I was fortunate to have exchanged a few messages with him earlier this decade when Sobran’s was still in operation. In my dealings with him, Mr. Sobran was cordial, thoughtful and very generous with his words of encouragement and advice. May God grant rest to the soul of His servant.