Robert Heron Bork

March 1, 1927December 19, 2012

Robert H. Bork is the author of two New York Times best-sellers, Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline and The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law, and several other books, including A Time to Speak, Coercing Virtue: The Worldwide Rule of Judges, and The Antitrust Paradox: A Policy at War with Itself. A Distinguished Fellow of the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., and formerly the Tad and Diane Taube Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Bork served as the United States Solicitor General from 1973 to 1977. Before becoming a partner in the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, Bork served in the United States Marine Corps. He taught for 19 years at Yale University Law School, and was named to the Alexander M. Bickel Chair of Public Law in 1980. Bork was the Circuit Judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1982 to 1988, and a Distinguished Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute from 1988 to 2003.


  • Visitation Saturday, December 22, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 22, 2012
  • Graveside Service Saturday, December 22, 2012

Robert Heron Bork

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December 19, 2015

My heartfelt sympathys go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the words found in 1 Thessalonians 4 : 14 can bring you some comfort. Knowing that their is a future for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.

January 9, 2015

Please accept my sincere condolences and sincere prayers that go out to the surviving family and friends. May the God of comfort continue to bless you and yours especially after such an untimely loss of a very precious life please accept my deepest sympathies. (2 Cor. 1:2, 3).

Robert Bork Jr

April 23, 2013

If anyone is still following this guestbook, here's a video from my father's memorial service.

Greg Bork

April 2, 2013

Robert is definitely an inspiration to me and the rest of the Bork family. He will be greatly missed.

January 9, 2013

Thanks to alphabetical order, Bob and I met and became friends when the Korean War broke out, and as Marine Reserve second lieutenants we were called to active duty at Quantico in September of 1950 and placed side by side in the same platoon. At the time he was a very liberal Democrat who used to rag me about being a Republican. He had a marvelous sense of humor even in dire times,and that coupled with an extraordinarily quick mind instantly brought defeat to any would be adversary. From 1956 to 1959,when I was a Time correspondent in Chicago, we saw each other often with our families. Bob was with the Kirkland Ellis law firm, and after I returned to New York to write for Sports Illustrated, I got a call from him. He said that he wanted to do more in life than be a partner in a law firm, live in Winnetka and be driven to work by a chauffeur. Instead he wanted to write, and he wanted to write for Fortune. I sent a note to Duncan Norton-Taylor, the editor, and after interviewing Bob he imediately offered him a job. That doesn't happen to everyone, even anyone. At the same time, Bob got an offer to teach a Yale Law School,and he took that post because he said that he could always write while he taught but he couldn't teach while he was a writer. Again we saw one another from time to time. The last time I saw him was at our 50th class reunion at Quantico, and as always he was irrepressible in the best sense of the word. We occasionally talked on the phone, and I remember one thing he said hat might be of interest to historians. He said that had Antonin Scalia been nominated for the Supreme Court before he was, Scalia would have encountered the fire storm and rejection, and then he(Bob), nominated afterwards, would have been approved. What ever the twists and turns in life, Robert H. Bork more than left his mark. My heart and prayers go out to the family. God bless you, Bob

Robert H. Boyle, Cooperstown

December 25, 2012

Sorry for the lost of Mr. Bork. Eccl 9:5 says the dead " are conscious of nothing" so it's very comforting to know he is just it a deep sleep.

Joseph Duggan

December 25, 2012

Thanks be to God for Judge Bork's life and work: magnificent gifts to America and to Western civilization. My prayers for his repose and the consolation of Mary Ellen, Bob Jr., and other members of his family.

December 24, 2012

Sorry for your loss. May you draw close to God during this time to help you heal the pain. Psalm 147:3

Marie M

December 24, 2012

God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily to be found in times of distress.

Kathy Walsh

December 23, 2012

America has lost a true patriot. God bless you, Judge Bork.