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Leonard P. Liggio was the Executive Vice President of Academics at the Atlas Network for the last two decades of his life. He was born July 5, 1933 and died Oct. 14, 2014, at the age of 81.

Leonard’s career advancing liberty spanned seven decades, during which time he served as the President of the Mont Pelerin Society, the Philadelphia Society, and the Institute for Humane Studies, where he later continued to serve as its Distinguished Senior Scholar. He was a professor at George Mason University, a visiting professor at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín, a board member of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and a Trustee of Liberty Fund.

Leonard’s lifelong work for liberty won him acclaim among diverse audiences. In 2007, he was recognized with the Adam Smith Award, the highest prize bestowed by the Association of Private Enterprise Education. In 2011, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. That same year, the then-nascent organization Students for Liberty published an interview with Leonard that called him “The Original Student for Liberty.”

In 2013, Atlas Network announced the creation of the Liggio Lecture Series in honor of his 80th birthday and as part of its Liggio Legacy Program. The Lecture Series took its cue from Leonard’s Presidential Address for the Mont Pelerin Society in 2002, where he shared, “I fear that Classical Liberals are shrinking as a scholarly force before the intellectual public.”

Atlas Network maintains as an archive of Leonard's scholarly contributions and tributes to his legacy.  



Highlights and Tributes

Below, you can read tributes to Leonard, highlights of his work, and visit to see more.

In Memoriam: Leonard Liggio

Friends of Leonard Reminisce on the Liggio Legacy

Alex Chafuen Remembers Leonard Liggio on Forbes

Brown University Professor John Tomasi Presents Second Annual Liggio Lecture

Liggio Legacy Project