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Former Brandeis economics professor dies at age 73

The Brandeis community is mourning the passing of Rachel McCulloch, a distinguished member of the faculty for 25 years before her retirement in 2012.

McCulloch, the Rosen Family Professor Emerita of International Finance, died on June 18 at her home in Lexington, Massachusetts, following a long illness. She passed away a week before her 74th birthday.

“Rachel was an economist of great distinction, recognized worldwide for her scholarship on international trade and policy,” said IBS Dean Bruce Magid, P’15, the Martin and Ahuva Gross Chair in Financial Markets and Institutions. “She was also a teacher, mentor, colleague and friend who will be remembered with great fondness by many in the Brandeis community.”

McCulloch joined the Brandeis faculty in 1987 with the establishment of the Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (the Lemberg program) on the horizon. Prior to her appointment at Brandeis, she taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. McCulloch helped establish the PhD program at IBS and was its director for many years. She also served as chair of the Department of Economics.

Even after her retirement, McCulloch remained engaged with her colleagues and peers. She frequently attended faculty seminars, brown bag lunches and stayed connected with many alumni, particularly her doctoral students.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Chamberlain; her sister, Linda Rothschild; her daughter, Laura Gehl; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service at Brandeis will be held in the fall on a date to be determined.

Categories: Campus News
Date: June 22, 2016