I write to report the sad news that Les McAllister passed away yesterday at the age of 94. Les was a legendary professor in the Beloit College Economics Department for 38 years from 1953 to 1991. We will find ways to remember Les and honor all that he did for our department, college, country, and world. For today, we direct your attention to Les's own words. Les wrote his own obituary, which I forward to all from Les's son-in-law David Jackson:
Age 94, died at home on October 29, 2015 after a brief illness. He was born the son of the late Lester B. and Bertha (Wulpi) McAllister on February 21, 1921 in Chicago and lived in Oak Park, Illinois into his late teens. At Coe College in Iowa, he became engaged to Elaine Schneider, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, was captain of the tennis team, and received his commission in the U.S. Army through ROTC. He served four years in World War II as a Cryptographic Security Officer, two-and-one half years of that in Africa and the Middle East. In Palestine, he found time to compete in the Palestine Tennis Championship, getting to the semi-finals. Upon returning to the United States, he and Elaine married. On V-J Day, they were in San Francisco, a raucous city for that great occasion. He completed his military service with the rank of major. Daughter, Margaret was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1948. Thanks to the G.I. Bill of Rights, he earned his Master’s degree in Economics at Northwestern University, and after three years of teaching at Coe College, his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. Dr. McAllister’s subsequent teaching career was primarily at Beloit College in Wisconsin. He chaired the Economics Department for fourteen years, was twice selected Teacher of the Year and was the first to hold the Allen-Bradley Chair in Economics. He was in Phi Beta Kappa and Who’s Who in America. He was one of the first professors featured on the national television series, Meet the Professor, sponsored by the Association for Higher Education and presented by the American Broadcasting Company. Dr. McAllister’s public service was at local, state, regional and national levels: local, Beloit School Board; state, Wisconsin Banking Review Board; regional, North Central Association, accrediting visits to eighteen colleges, ranging from Ohio and Michigan to South Dakota and New Mexico; national, The National War College, as Professor of Foreign Affairs. Dr. and Mrs. McAllister moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1998, to Friendship Village, located two miles from the home of their daughter, Margaret and son-in-law, David Jackson. He was active in many areas of Village life and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2010. The McAllisters have enjoyed their annual visit to their cabin in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of southern Colorado. The senior McAllisters travelled widely: 31 countries in Europe, five in the Middle East, three in Central America, and three corners of Africa, ten Canadian provinces, Australia and New Zealand and 49 states of the U.S. He is survived by his wife, Elaine, daughter, Margaret and son-in-law, David Jackson; sister, Carol Zoller and numerous nieces and nephews.
Department Launches Beloit Economics Alumni Facebook Group
While Econ Day features our perennially productive face-to-face network for alumni, students, and faculty, this new Facebook Group facilitates additional networking opportunities for alumni on a continuous-time, if not face-to-face, basis. Thus, every day becomes a virtual Econ Day through the Beloit Economics Alumni Facebook Group. If you are an alumnus of our department and haven’t yet joined this group, e-mail any of our departmental faculty and we will be happy to add you to the group.
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