Word came this weekend that my friend and one of Adam Smith, Esq.’s closest long-time partners in the surprisingly small world we inhabit had died a few days ago of a sudden heart attack; Ward was 69.

I can’t even remember the first time I met Ward, as it seems I’ve known him forever. From time to time—not often enough—we worked on client engagements together and his insight, always delivered with overwhelmingly sincere good cheer, could serve as an example to us all.

I won’t recite the what/where/when of his life, as the official statement from Altman Weil, the firm he long helped lead, has all that background.

The last time I saw Ward he was sitting at the Tiger Bar at the Princeton Club in New York, enjoying a well-deserved Old Fashioned after a long day with clients. I intend to remember him just as he was that evening.


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