"He was, I think, the most ebullient, optimistic and happy man I've ever known," said a son, Harry Stein, reached by phone on Monday. "He was constantly good humored, even in difficult times."
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Liberal-turned-conservative Harry Stein, contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute's City Journal magazine, said it represents "one more nail in the coffin of American higher education."
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