April 15, 2013
John Gross economist John Gross, 76, an economist who worked for the federal government for 35 years, died March 15 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He had heart ailments, said his wife, Anthula Gross. Mr. Gross retired in 1997 as a division chief in the Energy Information Administration, where he had worked for two decades. He previously was a supervisory economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. John Gross was born in Atlantic City, N.J. He served as a radar operator in the Army from 1954 to 1956 and received a bachelor's...
August 2, 2011
Genevieve B. Wimsatt, 98, an economist at the U.S. Commerce Department for 36 years, died June 23 at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. She had dementia. Ms. Wimsatt retired in 1970 and worked briefly as a public policy researcher at the Brookings Institution. Genevieve Beckwith Wimsatt was a native Washingtonian and a 1927 graduate of the old Central High School. In the early 1930s, she received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in economics from George Washington University.
November 1, 2012
Robert B. Bretzfelder Economist Robert B. Bretzfelder, 83, who retired in 1986 from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis as a writer and analyst and then co-owned and operated a photography service, died Oct. 15 at the Washington Home hospice. He had cancer, said a son, Marc Bretzfelder. Before joining the Bureau of Economic Analysis in 1970, Mr. Bretzfelder was an economist with the Library of Congress, the Labor Department and the Federal Reserve Board. From 1988 to 2009, Mr. Bretzfelder and his wife were partners in...
January 4, 2013
Lawrence Posner, 75, an economist who specialized in international work and who developed an economic model for international funding, died Dec. 5 at his home in Washington. He had pancreatic cancer, his brother, James Posner, said. Dr. Posner was an economics consultant in Washington for almost 50 years. In the 1970s, he was a co-founder of a firm called Practical Concepts. While leading Practical Concepts, his brother said, Dr. Posner developed a model called the "logical framework" that became a widely used method of planning and...
March 22, 2012
John Auten, 89, a Treasury Department economist who retired in 2001 as director of the office of macroeconomic analysis, died Feb. 5 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County. He was an Alexandria resident. He had prostate cancer, said his son-in-law, Robert Noll. Dr. Auten taught at Ohio State and Rice universities before joining the Treasury Department in 1963. He later was director of the office of financial analysis and acting assistant secretary for economic policy.
June 17, 2008
Trevor DaCosta, 78, an economist and diplomat who retired from the World Bank in 1997, died June 2 of complications after a stroke at Washington Hospital Center. He had been a resident of Washington for 46 years. Mr. DaCosta was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and graduated from McGill University in Montreal. He received a diploma from the National College of Food Technology in London and a postgraduate diploma in economics from Oxford University. He worked in his father's food processing business in Kingston until joining the British civil service in...