Professor Don Lavoie Dies

Posted: November 7, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Don Lavoie, David H. and Charles G. Koch chair of economics in the School of Public Policy, died of cancer Tuesday, Nov. 6.

A member of George Mason’s faculty since 1980, Lavoie, 50, enjoyed a reputation as being one of the university’s leading innovators in teaching methods, developing new ways to use software to enhance the learning experience of his students. He was a two-time recipient of George Mason’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

Kingsley Haynes, director of the School of Public Policy, praised Lavoie’s contributions to the university. “Don was a gifted and passionate teacher who was respected and admired by his students and colleagues,” he said.

Lavoie’s research focused on the use of knowledge in economics and organizational contexts. He is best known as author of two books published in 1985, Rivalry and Central Planning and National Economic Planning: What is Left? Most recently, Lavoie wrote Culture and Enterprise: the Development, Representation, and Morality of Business.

A resident of Manassas, Lavoie is survived by his wife, Mary, and their three children, John, 16; Mark, 14; and Gabriella, 8.

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