AMHERST - George I. Treyz, 76, died at his home in Amherst on Feb. 14th, in the presence of his wife and family.
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He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sidney; his son, Victor, and daughter-in-law, Susan, of San Francisco; his son, Frederick, and daughter-in-law Enhua, of Amherst, and his brother, Russell and sister-in-law, Alice, of New York, and six grandchildren, Claire, Henry, Peter, Eric, Justin and Athena.
George was born in Callicoon, N.Y., on Feb. 21, 1936. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and received a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University. George showed his entrepreneurial spirit at Princeton, starting a business selling grinders to fellow students, as featured in an article in LIFE magazine.
His first teaching position was in the Economics Department of Haverford College. He joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts in 1968, teaching for 29 years and writing numerous articles and books on economics and regional science.
George was a pioneer in the field of computerized macroeconomic modeling, starting with research in national macroeconomic modeling in the late 1960s. He was one of the first in his field to develop state and local econometric models.
George founded Regional Economic Models Inc. in 1980 with a vision of improving government policy through economic analysis.
George had a passion for all aspects of economic modeling including its theoretical foundations and applications. He inspired academic researchers, his staff, and practitioners with his dedication and enthusiasm. His wife Sidney was involved with REMI from its beginnings and his son Frederick continues to guide REMI today.
George was devoted to his wife and family. He was an involved and loving father and took great joy in spending time with his children and grandchildren. He and Sidney enjoyed lifelong friendships and travel. George enjoyed life to its fullest and had many interests including painting, gardening, cooking and outdoor activities.
George passed away after a long illness. George's family would like to thank all of his caregivers, especially Ray Buddu and Rex Solis for their kindness and professionalism.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. at Grace Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: UMass Amherst Friends of the Libraries, For: George I. Treyz Fund for Economic Reference Materials, Friends of the Libraries, UMass Amherst, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, 154 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003-9275.
Obituary and memorial register at: www.douglassfuneral.com.
Published in The Recorder from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2013