Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, conservative friend, fellow YAFer, and highly regarded editor of Reader's Digest, passed away on May 1 at the Winchester Medical Center in Virginia.
Ken was an active member of Young Americans for Freedom at Randolph Macon College and later Virginia YAF state chairman. He recently shared his wisdom with interns at Young America's Foundation's National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C. In 2006, Tomlinson spoke to college students about liberal bias at YAF's West Coast Leadership Conference in Santa Barbara, California and was presented with the Torch of Freedom award for his steadfast service in print and broadcast journalism.
In October 1986, President Reagan nominated Tomlinson to be the fourth chairman of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), where he served until May 1987. In May 1987, President Reagan nominated Tomlinson to be a member of the Board for International Broadcasting (BIB) where he served until 1994 when the BIB was dissolved by the International Broadcasting Act of 1994 and replaced by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).The staff and board of directors send heartfelt sympathies to the Tomlinson family.