National Taxpayers Union President John Berthoud - 1960-2007
President John Berthoud, praised as "the happy warrior of fiscal conservatism," died yesterday. He was 47.
Mr. Berthoud, who had headed NTU since 1997, was found in his Arlington home yesterday by two NTU employees after he failed to show up for work, a spokesman for the organization said. He appeared to have died of natural causes, said Pete Sepp, vice president for communications at NTU.
"He shaped our entire culture and mission at NTU," Mr. Sepp said, reporting that the group had received "hundreds of e-mails and telephone calls not only from the Washington area but from around the country" sending condolences (LINK)