Professor Emeritus Mahlon Straszheim, Former Associate Provost, Has Died
Mahlon Straszheim, former Chair and Associate Provost, died on Sunday, May 17th, 2015. Mahlon had a distinguished career at the university, spanning over 40 years. An active researcher and capable administrator, Mahlon joined our department in 1971, later served as Chair for 17 years, and finally as Associate Provost, before retiring in 2012.
Mahlon was a very active and successful researcher. He is best known for his work in urban economics and the economics of the airline industry. Mahlon wrote four books, edited a volume of readings, and published more than 20 journal articles.
Mahlon served as Chair of the Economics Department from 1988 until 2005. The department made enormous strides during Mahlon's tenure as chair, hiring many of the faculty who now form the core of the department. Mahlon's efforts were instrumental in the department's increased visibility and stature.
In 2008, Mahlon began a four year term as Associate Provost, for which he is remembered as having played a key role in many campus initiatives such as the Terrapin Learning Commons in the Library, the implementation of the campus strategic plan, and the Living-Learning programs, leading to the creation of the Honor's College, and the development or redesign of many new undergraduate programs including the Honors and College Park Scholars programs, the Global Communities program, the Global Studies minor, and the minor in Sustainability Studies.
Mahlon also had an extraordinary record of service to the State of Maryland and Montgomery County. He developed a quarterly economic model of the state, used to estimate state income, employment, and earnings in major industries. From 1992 through 2007, he presented his quarterly forecasts to the state treasurer and comptroller. Mahlon wrote an annual economic report card for Montgomery County from 1997 through 2007. County Executive Douglas Duncan declared May 15, 2005 Mahlon R. Straszheim Day in recognition of his many contributions to the county.
He passed away at home, surrounded by family. Mahlon will be greatly missed by his colleagues, students, and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 28th at 12:00 PM in the Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Road, Potomac, MD 20854.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Department of Economics Gift Fund: http://go.umd.edu/ECONfund