In Memoriam ~ Leon N. Moses

Leon N. Moses, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Northwestern University and former Director of the Transportation Center passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the age of 88.


Image: Leon with wife, Rae, who passed away earlier this year, at the Inaugural Leon Moses lecture held in October 2011.

About Leon N. Moses
Professor Moses came to Northwestern University in 1959 as an Associate Professor of Economics. He was appointed the Robert E. and Emily King Professor of Business Institutions in 1993, and has been Professor of Economics with a joint appointment to the Transportation Center since 1963. He retired to become an Emeritus Professor in 2005. His work primarily focused on the economics of firm location and the critical role played by transport and transportation costs.

Moses held a number of positions at the Transportation Center including Director of Research Director of Education. From 1976 until 1980 he served as the Director the Transportation Center. Under his leadership the Center gained national prominence for its several conferences exploring the prospect of transportation deregulation.

During his career at Northwestern, he also served as Chair of the Economics Department, and held a joint appointment at the J. L. Kellogg School of Management for several years. Professor Moses served on almost all major university committees while at Northwestern.

He attended The Ohio State University where he began as a major in agriculture. He later changed to economics. Moses was discharged from the armed forces in 1945. He then returned to Ohio State in 1946 and graduated in 1947 with highest honors. Following that he enrolled in the graduate economics program at Harvard University and was awarded an MA in 1950 and a PhD in 1955. He became an Assistant Professor at Harvard after receiving his doctorate.

His colleague, Professor Ian Savage, who Leon mentored for many years, wrote a professional biography of his work for the Biographical Dictionary of American Economists, which described his substantial contributions to transportation and urban economics and to regional science.

The Distinguished Leon N. Moses Transportation Lecture Series
In 2011, the Transportation Center at Northwestern established
The Leon N. Moses Distinguished Transportation Lecture in honor of Professor Moses for his significant contributions to the field of transportation economics and regional science and for his long and dedicated service to the Northwestern University Transportation Center.

2013 Moses Lecture
Dr. Ian P. Savage delivered the 2013 Moses lecture “The Economics of Transportation Safety” on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Click here to view the presentation.