TROY--Dr. Leo, 89, of West Orange, NJ., died Saturday, November 2, 2013, at home peacefully in his sleep. Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA., September 17, 1924, the son of Isaiah and Zelda Israel Troy. He served in the US Army during World War II, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the Medal of Freedom. He graduated from Penn State and Columbia University, where he earned his PhD in Economics. Dr. Troy was a professor at Rutgers University for 53 years and Chairman of the Economics Department for 17 years. He won two Fulbright Scholarships to research UK labor unions, moving his family to England in 1962 and 1973. Dr. Troy was the author of three books, "Almanac of Financial Ratios", "Beyond Unions and Collective Bargaining" and "Twilight of the Old Unionism." He was quoted often in The New York Times about unions over the years, most recently at the age of 88, in 2012. Dan Seligman of Forbes Magazine, in a tribute to Dr. Troy entitled "Driving the AFL-CIO Crazy," wrote: "LEO TROY, Rutgers economist, has long been giving fits to organized labor...now 75, and still carrying a heavy teaching load (his title is Distinguished Professor of Economics)..." Dr. Troy is survived by his children, Suzannah and Alexander, his daughter-in-law Dale, grandchildren Ariel, Abby, Rachel, and his ex-wife Sandra.
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Published in The New York Times on Dec. 15, 2013