Dr. Hess, Economics

Dr. Arleigh Porter Hess, Jr., professor emeritus of economics, passed away October 2, 2009, of heart failure. He was 91 years old.

Dr. Hess earned his BS and MA degrees in economics from Penn in 1939 and 1941, respectively. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he began teaching at Penn in 1945. He later earned his PhD in 1949. That same year, he was appointed to Pennís faculty as an assistant professor of economics. He was promoted to associate professor in 1955.

Prior to his promotion to full professor in 1985, Dr. Hess served in various administrative roles. In 1960 he was appointed assistant to the provost in budgetary affairs (under Loren Eiseley). He became vice provost for budgetary administration a year later. In addition, he had served as director of the College of General Studies and the Summer School programs and as secretary of the committee of deans.

Dr. Hess had also lectured at Swarthmore College and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. He obtained emeritus status in 1988, but continued to teach part-time until 2001.

Dr. Hess was the 1987-88 chair of the 25-Year Club and served on University Council committees. He is the 1983 recipient of Whartonís Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Hess is survived by his daughters, Anne H. Gummerson and Elizabeth B. Hess; son, Richard P. Hess; and granddaughter, Elizabeth A. Gummerson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Christian Childrenís Fund.