Renowned Economics Professor Alan Stockman had many attributes that were apparent to those who encountered him inside and outside of the classroom. Stockman was a distinguished economics professor and scholar, especially in the fields of international finance and macroeconomics, as well as an inspiring mentor to his students and friends.

After battling cancer for years, Stockman passed away on Jan. 14. He was 58 years old. Stockman is survived by his wife, Ellen, and their three daughters.

Those who had the opportunity to know Stockman ‘- either as one of his students, colleagues or friends ‘- acknowledged the enthusiasm he had for economics, teaching and life in a larger sense.

‘[Stockman] had a passion for ideas and a childlike pleasure in all things,’ Economics Professor Steven Landsburg said, a longtime friend and colleague, in a press release. ‘He had a sparkling, bubbling enthusiasm.’

After receiving his bachelors degree from Ohio State University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Stockman joined the UR Economics Department in 1979. He was the chair of the department from 1993-2000 and again from 2003-06.

As a professor at UR, Stockman won the Lifetime Achievement’ Award in Graduate Education in 2006 for recognition of his years ‘engaging and challenging his students,’ according to the press release provided by the University. He also wrote a well-known economics textbook, called The Principles of Economics, during his time at the UR.
‘Professor Stockman contributed tremendously to the department ‘- through his intellect, his character, his enthusiasm, his good nature and his willingness to work with colleagues and students,’ ‘ Deputy Chair of the Economics Department and Professor Michael Wolkoff said. ‘[In addition], he inspired many students to take economics through his teaching of principles.’

To honor Stockman, the economics department renamed its annual graduate research conference, ‘The Stockman Conference.’

Stockman’s presence remains strong among those he taught and encountered during his life.

‘The College and the department has lost an outstanding scholar and wonderful man,’ Wolkoff said.’ ‘He will be missed by everyone who had the privilege to meet him.’

Berkowitz is a member of the class of 2012.

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