Kristol also served as a member of the Wall Street Journal's board of contributors, writing monthly columns from 1972-1997. He also served on the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1972-1977. In 2002, President George W. Bush recognized his significant contributions and presented Kristol with the Medal of Honor--America's highest civilian honor.
Kristol was married to historian Gertrude Himmelfarb and had two children, Elizabeth and William, the current editor of The Weekly Standard.
Irving Kristol died today from complications with lung cancer in Arlington, Va.