Professor Manoranjan (Jan) Dutta, one of the first economists of Indian-American heritage, died on February 22, 2015, from complications after a stroke. A professor emeritus at Rutgers University, he pioneered American engagement with Asian-Pacific economies. He chaired the National Advisory Council for South Asian Affairs and served as President of the Board of Trustees of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies (ACAES). ACAES is an organization he founded in 1982 to build new initiatives in the study of Asia in collaboration with economists in China, Thailand, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and all over Asia. In 1990, he founded the Journal of Asian Economics. From an initial two issues a year, the Journal expanded to its present six. Read more from daughter Kavery Kaul's tribute.
Robert C. Stuart
Robert C. Stuart passed away in Bellingham, Washington after a long illness. He is survivided by his wife, a son, daughter, grandson, and brother.
Robert C. Stuart was born in British Columbia, where he attended the University of British Columbia, before completing his dissertation in economics at the University of Wisconsin in 1969. Robert served as a faculty member at Rutgers University from 1968 until his retirement in 2005. Bob taught for many years at Princeton, filling its gap in Soviet/Russian economics. He served as chair of economics at Rutgers from 1976 to 1979 and from 1986 to 1989. Robert edited Comparative Economic Studies from 1997 to 2002. Many of today's scholars of comparative economics got their first publications under Bob's editorship. Read more from Paul Gregory's memorial to Bob in the journal, Comparative Economic Studies.
Dr. H. Peter Gray, 91, of Belle Mead, NJ, passed away peacefully in Arden Courts, Yardley, PA, on Jan. 21, 2016. Dr. Gray was born in Cheltenham, England, on July 4, 1924, the son of the late Frederick James Gray and Annie (Burch) Gray. He was educated at Cheltenham Grammar School, served as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II and earned degrees in Modern Languages and economics at Queens College, Cambridge. In 1953, Dr. Gray emigrated to Canada, and in 1956, to the United States, where he married Jean (Mathieson) Gray. He and his wife moved to California, where they both pursued and earned Ph.D.s in economics at the University of California, Berkeley. On completion of his course work at Berkeley, Dr. Gray accepted a fellowship at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and then a professorship at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. In 1968, he accepted a professorship at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he remained until his retirement in 1990.
Harry Kahn was born in Franfurt-am-Main, Germany, in September 1921. With the Seizure of power in Germany by the Nazis, he moved with his family to England, and subsequently to the United States. In this country, he studied at the Watkins Institute in Nashville, Tennessee, and later received his bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University. He did his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, where he received his master's and doctor's degrees.
Before coming to Rutgers in 1958, Harry Kahn was for six years a member of the staff of the National Bureau of Economic Research in New York City, and he retained this connection with the Bureau while at Rutgers. Previously he taught at the University of Wisconsin and the College of the City of New York. He also served in the late 1940s and early 1950s as a consultant to the city of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin, studying their tax and other fiscal problems.