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Subimal Mookerjee, 89, economist with the International Monetary Fund, passed away peacefully at his home in Seattle, on February 7th, 2013. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mookerjee was raised and educated in Kolkata, India. In 1949 he was offered a scholarship to pursue graduate study in economics at Harvard University. He was obliged to borrow money from a relative for the travel expenses. Quickly singled out by John Kenneth Galbraith and Joseph Schumpeter as an exceptional student, he received continued support while completing his doctorate, eventually published as the influential Factor Endowments and International Trade. In 1951, he relocated to the Washington D.C. area to accept a position at the International Monetary Fund.
During his tenure at the Fund, Dr. Mookerjee held several positions in the Exchange Restrictions Department, later renamed the Exchange and Trade Relations Department. He was Division Chief, Stabilization Policies Division (1963-1966); Advisor (1966-68); and Senior Advisor (1968-1980). At the time of his retirement in 1984, Dr. Mookerjee was Deputy Director of ETR, a post he held for four years.
Subi, as he was known to family and friends, traveled widely for work and pleasure. He was a voracious reader of science and philosophy. He was known for his unassuming manner, playful humor, and inexhaustible generosity. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rosemary; their three children: Kirit, Robin, and Paula; and three grandchildren: Noah, Soren, and Adrian. He was loved by all who knew him and will be sorely missed.
Published in The Seattle Times on February 10, 2013