Morris Singer, professor emeritus of economics, died on May 22. He was 84.
Singer, who lived in Longwood, Fla., was a longtime resident of Storrs. He joined the UConn faculty in 1955 and retired in 1983.
Imanuel Wexler, a professor emeritus of economics, says Singer was “one of the most intellectual, honest, and curious academicians” he ever met. “He was very devoted to his students, an excellent graduate advisor, and very cooperative with his colleagues,” Wexler says.
Singer was recognized on many occasions for his dedication to and excellence in teaching. Many of Singer’s graduate students now have successful careers – including former Turkish Prime Minister Tansu Ciller. Singer wrote several books and articles on economic development, his specialty.
Born in Chicago, Singer served four years in the army during World War II. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree from UCLA, and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkley.
Singer loved UConn, his friends, and the Storrs community. He moved to Florida because of failing health and his desire to be near his grandson.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Hilda Leah Singer, two sons, and a grandson.
Donations may be made to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. (www.ushmm.org).