Rafuse, Robert Wallace, Jr.
Robert Wallace Rafuse Jr., economist, died at his home in Rawley Springs, VA of heart failure on March 13, 2014. He was 77. An internationally recognized expert on local government finance, intergovernmental fiscal relations, and tax policy, he spent over three decades actively engaged in policy development, analysis, and implementation. He held positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Brookings Institute, National Planning Association, and U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations over the course of his career, and was an advisor to governments in Central and Eastern Europe in the 1990s as they made the transition to market economies. Born on November 3, 1936, in North Adams, MA, he was the son of political scientist Robert Wallace Rafuse and Erma Sites Rafuse. He received his undergraduate education at Harpur College (now Binghamton University) and, after spending 1958-59 in France as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bordeaux, did graduate studies at Princeton University, earning a Ph.D. in economics in 1964. He is survived by Diane Nester Rafuse, his wife of 52 years, three sons, two granddaughters, and a brother, who all loved him very much. The celebration of his life will be private. Contributions in his honor can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Mar. 17, 2014