Lance Davis Jennen

November 3, 1928 - January 20, 2014 Lance Davis Jennen, 85 of Fort Smith, died January 20, 2014 in Fort Smith. He was born November 3, 1928 in Seattle, Washington to Maurice Lance and Marjorie Dee Siebert Davis. Mr. Davis completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Washington in 1950 and attained his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1956 and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. The professional endeavors of Dr. Davis included Professor of Economics, at Caltech, Mary Stillman Harkness Professor, Harkness Professor Emeritus, and Executive Officer for the Social Sciences. His career included published research on the evolution of capital markets, institutional change, technological change, and the economic history of financial markets. Dr. Jennen received a Clio Can award from the Cliometric Society honoring his contributions in the field of Cliometrics. The society is an affiliate of the International Economic History Association. Dr. Lance Edwin Davis' published works include: Institutional Change and American Economic Growth, Mammon and the Pursuit of Empire, The Political Economy of British Imperialism, International Capital Markets and American Economic Growth, Evolving Financial Markets and International Capital Flows: Britain, the Americas, and Australia. Upon retirement, Dr. Davis moved to Fort Smith, AR to be near his family. He is survived by one daughter, Maili Dee Bledsoe and husband Curtis Bledsoe of Fort Smith; four grandchildren, Aaron Jennen of Fort Smith, Peter Jennen of Rogers, AR., Tianne Barstow of Fayetteville, AR., Rosalie Bledsoe of Fort Smith, and six great grandchildren. Private services were held in Fort Smith. Cremation was under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. To sign an online guestbook visit

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31, 2014