Recent passings of former economics and education professors Tapan Munroe and John SchippersSchippers, former director of teacher education, founded Pacific's Teacher Corps program and preserved the memoirs of WWII aviators, while Munroe became a prominent Bay Area economist
John Vernon Schippers
May 24, 1929 -
Feb. 18, 1936 - April 1, 2014
Prominent Bay Area economist and former University of the Pacific economics professor Tapan Munroe passed away on April 1 at the age of 78.
Born in Calcutta, India, Munroe attended the University of Allahabad, majoring in chemistry and physics. He met his wife on a visit to the U.S. and returned in 1960, where he worked as a scientist for Xerox and then General Electric in New York. He later earned a master's degree in economics at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, and a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Munroe came to Pacific in 1970, where he became professor and chair of the economics department. During two sabbatical years he was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later a fellow at the University of Augsburg in West Germany.
He left Pacific in 1981 to join PG&E, eventually becoming their chief economist in San Francisco. He was a former chair of the Economics Committee of the Edison Electric Institute in Washington, D.C., a former member of the National Petroleum Council Task Force on Oil Prices and was also president of the Bay Area chapter of the National Association of Business Economists.
A sought-after Bay Area speaker, he wrote a twice-monthly business and economics column for the Contra Costa Times for 20 years. He also wrote or co-wrote a number of books about economics, including Planet in Conflict: Balancing Energy Needs, Economic Growth, and Environmental Quality; Innovation: Key to America's Prosperity and Job Growth; Closing America's Job Gap; and Dot-Com to Dot-Bomb.
Dr. Munroe's life will be celebrated on May 8, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (LOPC) at 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette.