The Passing of Gordon Tullock (1922 - 2014)

The Passing of Gordon Tullock (1922 - 2014)

The Economics Department is sad to announce that Gordon Tullock passed away on November 3, 2014, at the age of 92.  Please see the letter from the President and Executive Director of the Public Choice Society below, as well as links to our faculty's center and blog tributes to Dr. Tullock and Washington Post article.


November 5, 2014

Dear Friends and Members of the Public Choice Society:

We are deeply saddened this day to report that Gordon Tullock, who co-founded the Public Choice Society, has passed away at the age of 92. Gordon was an intellectual force who made seminal contributions in the economic analysis of several fields, including law, politics & voting, biology, and the philosophy of science. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Professor Tullock served as the Public Choice Society's second president, from 1964-1965, and co-organized the initial conference in April 1963 that spawned both the Society and the journal, Public Choice. Gordon founded Public Choice in 1966 and served as Chief Editor until 1992. In 1998, he was named Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association. He also served as President of the Southern Economic Association, Western Economic Association, and the Association of Private Enterprise Education. In 2006, Liberty Fund published the 12-volume Collected Works of Gordon Tullock, edited by Charles K. Rowley.

Each year the Society and Public Choice jointly award the Gordon Tullock Prize, which recognizes the best paper by a junior scholar. Last year the Annual Meetings featured a panel discussion focusing on the life and works of Gordon Tullock. Next March at the 53rd Annual Meetings, we will hold a special session recognizing Professor Tullock's contributions to the social sciences in general and to the Society in particular.

Gordon Tullock was a great scholar and a beloved friend and leader of the Society. Please join us in expressing our deep condolences to his loved ones.

Sincerely yours,

Roberta Q. Herzberg
President (2014-2016)


Edward J. Lopez
Executive Director

Mercatus Center Tribute to Gordon Tullock, "In Memorium - Gordon Tullock"

Marginal Revolution tribute to Gordon Tullock

Library of Economics and Liberty Tribute to Gordon Tullock

Cafe Hayek Tribute to Gordon Tullock

Washington Post Article, "Gordon Tullock, RIP"