I just learned that Denis Mack Smith passed away in July.
He graciously welcomed me into his home in Oxford many years ago when I was conducting some research on Mussolini. I can still vividly recall his observations as well as his kindness in devoting a day to meeting with an obscure American management consultant who was interested in the management style of an Italian dictator.
I learned a great deal that day.
A gentleman and a scholar. May he rest in peace.