The Naval Institute, the Navy, the Department of Defense, and the nation have lost one of the most influential military thinkers of modern times. On 12 November 2005, retired Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski succumbed to cancer after a long battle.
His relationship with the Institute began with a membership as a midshipman at Villanova University. It was an expense he often recalled as being "a real bargain, because I took at least one good idea from each issue of Proceedings." The association blossomed when he was a Navy commander, with his first article, a "Nobody Asked Me, But" published in December 1983. He proceeded to serve two tours on the Naval Institute Board-one as chairman-and appeared several times in this magazine and as a featured speaker at Institute events.