Ken Lay, the founder of and recent scapegoat for the Enron company, died this morning from a massive heart attack.
Whatever one wants to say about his part in the collapse of Enron and the lies told to investors and employees, this is a sad day for his family. As is the habit in America, few people will mourn the man, even among those quick to claim friendship with him when it was to their advantage, and it has already been noted that civil suits seeking to destroy his family will continue, even where there was no guilt on their part; greed has outlived both the company and the man who founded it.
Ken Lay should be remembered as a man who earned degrees all the way up to his Doctorate in Economics, a man who served honorably in the Navy, who not only started a company but raised a family and grandchildren with constant dedication and love. Whatever his part in Enron, the whole of the man is greater and better than we shall likely hear in the press.