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University Mourns Passing of Economics Professor Charles Rowley

August 5, 2013

By Catherine Probst

Charles K. Rowley. From Charles Rowley's blog

Charles K. Rowley. From Charles Rowley’s blog

Charles K. Rowley, Duncan Black Professor of Economics and president and general director of The Locke Institute, passed away on Friday, Aug. 2, from cancer. He was 74 years old.

Rowley joined George Mason University in 1984 as professor of economics. He became Duncan Black Professor of Economics in 2000. In this role, he made significant contributions to teaching and research, while also contributing substantial amounts of time and energy in service to the university. He also served since 1989 as the general director of The Locke Institute, an organization that promotes a greater understanding of natural rights and its implications for constitutional democracy and for modern society’s economic organization.

“Charles was an exceptional scholar who remained productively involved in teaching and research in support of the Economics Department to the very end,” says Daniel Houser, professor and chair of the department. “He will be greatly missed.”

Other positions Rowley held include director of the Program in Economics, Politics and the Law at the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy; the international advisory editor of the Journal of Bioeconomics; and a member of the International Advisory Council of the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Rowley wrote numerous books, including “The British Monopolies Commission”; “Welfare Economics; A Liberal Restatement”; and “Economics Contractions in the United States: A Failure of Government.” He also edited the 10-volume “Selected Works of Gordon Tullock”; Tullock is Mason professor emeritus of law and economics.

Rowley’s published papers have appeared in many dozens of leading scholarly journals including the Journal of Political Economy, the European Journal of Political Economy and the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

Rowley graduated from the University of Nottingham in England, where he earned a BA and a PhD in economics. He completed several graduate courses at the London School of Economics.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, and two daughters, Amanda and Sarah.

Information on services will be announced as it becomes available.