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Appreciation of Professor John Williamson

We are saddened to learn of the death of Professor John Williamson on 11th April 2021. John Williamson was a founding member of the department (1963-68) and enjoyed a distinguished career, the largest part of which was spent at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC where he was an influential analyst of international monetary affairs.

 

Emeritus Professor John Hutton writes:

 

(John) was undoubtedly a great asset to York in the early days, fresh from Princeton and very different from the somewhat conservative older members of the department. We youngsters got a lot of encouragement and ideas from him. He was a guest at my wedding in 1964 and presented a copy of Larousse Gastronomique, now well-thumbed. As it happened I followed his footsteps to the Treasury and IMF, and benefitted from some wise advice about these institutions. He was quiet and quite shy in manner, but always friendly and generous with his time. He will be widely missed.

 

Emeritus Professor Keith Hartley writes:

 

John was a founding member of the Economics Department at the then new University of York. Senior colleagues included Alan Peacock, Jack Wiseman, Douglas Dosser, Alan Williams and Ron Cooper. As an Assistant Lecturer, I taught Applied Economics seminars with John. This was both a privilege and a challenge. It gave me a unique view of John’s outstanding intellect and thinking which was a life-time benefit. I had a similar teaching experience of sharing Applied Economics seminars with Jack Wiseman which was another mind-bending experience! John was an outstanding economist and original thinker. I knew him around the time of his work on exchange rates and crawling pegs: he had to cope with repeated criticisms that ‘pegs don’t crawl’.

 

A full obituary can be found in the New York Times:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/15/business/economy/john-williamson-dead.html