Admiral James Stockdale.
Aside from all the great things John Hinderaker mentions in his blog, Admiral Stockdale was an alumnus from my alma mater, Monmouth College.
My alumni community has -- as has this nation -- lost a great member.
Update: Michelle Malkin has a fine tribute and a series of very nice links.
Update II: the Galesburg Register-Mail has done a fair-ish job of covering this news from the local perspective, too, Associated Press piffle notwithstanding.