THOMAS HERBERT NAYLOR CHARLOTTE - Thomas Herbert Naylor died unexpectedly on Dec. 12, 2012, in FAHC, after suffering a stroke. He was 76. Born on May 30, 1936, in Jackson, Miss., to Thomas Hector and Martha (Watkins), Naylor earned a BS in Math from Millsaps College, a BS in Indsl. Engineering from Columbia University, an MBA in Quantatative Bus. Analysis from Indiana University, and a Ph.D in Economics from Tulane University. He was Professor of Economics at Duke University from 1964 until 1993, teaching economics, management science, and computer science. While at Duke, Naylor was also an international management consultant, advising major corporations and governments in over thirty countries. Naylor later left business and turned to political and social analysis and activism. He was executive director and founder of the L.Q.C. Lamar Society. The society's 1972 publication "You Can't Eat Magnolias" was a stirring manifesto for change and growth in the modern South. In 2003, he founded the Second Vermont Republic, advocating Vermont's secession from the Union as well as the dissolution of the American Empire. Naylor was not only an extraordinarily accomplished economist and academic, but also a visionary, innovator, independent thinker and a prolific writer. He published over 30 books; his articles appeared in major American and international newspapers and magazines. Naylor moved to Vermont in 1993 with his wife, Magdalena Naylor, professor of psychiatry at UVM and FAHC, and their son, Alexander. He was a devoted husband and father to son, Alexander and daughter, Susanne Powell; as well as a wonderful friend and conversationalist. He was never afraid of changing the course of his life or the thought that guided it. In Naylor's words, "We may simply take leave of life with these cogent words, 'I rebel, therefore, I am.'" There will be a memorial to mark the passing of Thomas at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the Charlotte Congregational Church. The Church is located at 403 Church Hill Road, Charlotte, VT.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Dec. 18, 2012