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Craufurd D.W. Goodwin, 1935-2017


We are sorry to have to inform the history of economics community that Craufurd D.W. Goodwin, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Economics, died peacefully at his home in Hillsborough, North Carolina ​today ​following a long illness. He was 82 years old.

Goodwin was a founding member of the journal History of Political Economy (HOPE), the History of Economics Society, and the Center for the History of Political Economy. A former Vice President for International Programs at the Ford Foundation, ​and Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School of Duke, ​he ​had come to Duke as a graduate student and wrote a thesis on ​the history of ​ Canadian economic policy under the direction of Joseph J. Spengler. His scholarly work primarily concerned the history of the use of economics in public life. ​He was a revered teacher. ​ His writings encompassed the role of economics in the arts, in literature, in journalism, and in the policy arena and the way institutions like foundations and think tanks helped to shape the nature of economics education and analysis around the world.

A past President and Distinguished Fellow of the History of Economics Society, he was instrumental in the construction of the professional community of historians of economics. He will be greatly missed.

E. Roy Weintraub
Neil B. DeMarchi