It was with great sadness that the Board of Directors and staff of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) learned of the passing of former NED Board member Michael Novak who died this morning, February 17, at the age of 83.
Novak, who was a scholar at the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute for three decades and focused on the role of religion in public life, was a member of the NED Board of directors from 2000 – 2008 and served as the Board regional expert for Europe.
“Michael Novak was a great intellectual and a great American whose devotion to the cause of democracy was appreciated by everyone who knew and worked with him,” said NED president Carl Gershman. “We will miss his intellectual leadership, and also his friendship and human warmth. We are all enriched for having known him.” The National Endowment for Democracy extends its deepest sympathy to the Novak family and to all those privileged to know and work with Michael.