Donald Syvrud

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SYVRUD DR. DONALD SYVRUD Dr. Donald Syvrud, 87, appointed by President Carter as US Alternate Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund after a career in the United States Treasury Department, died at home on July 16, 2011 after a 25 year battle with Parkinson's Disease. A macro economist, Syvrud was considered to be pragmatic, eclectic and market-oriented and in his various positions at the Treasury Department, he played an important role in formulating and implementing U.S. policies to maintain a stable international monetary system. From 1965 to 1970 he served as the U.S. Treasury Department Representative in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he collaborated closely with the AID/Brazil Mission to improve financial management of the Brazilian government. As a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution on leave from Treasury, he wrote Foundations of Brazilian Economic Growth, published in l974. In l973 he was appointed by President Nixon to the US/Democratic Republic of Vietnam Joint Economic Commission participating in the Paris Peace talks. From 1975 to 1979, he served as Director of the Office of International Monetary Affairs, functioning as the Treasury Department troubleshooter, utilizing his extensive experience in formulating U.S Government policy toward developing countries. After his term as U.S. Alternate Executive Director, Syvrud became Assistant Director of the African Department of the IMF where he negotiated Fund programs and standby agreements with Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, Burundi, Chad, and the Comoros. Upon retiring from public service, Syvrud continued to work as a consultant on interna- tional economic projects and to volunteer at the Between the Hills Community Association and the Neersville Fire and Rescue Auxiliary Donald E. Syvrud was born in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin in 1924. He served in the US Army Infantry in both World War II and the Korean War attaining the rank of Captain and receiving a Bronze Star Award for distinguished service. With support from the GI Bill and a Fulbright Fellowship, he earned a BA in Economics from the University of Minnesota, and a MA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Beverly J. Wurtzler of Madison, Wisconsin, four children and their spouses, Karen Syvrud and Stephen Strickland of Holmdel, New Jersey, Erik and Carol Carter Syvrud of Oldsmar, FL, Knute and Patricia Flynn Syvrud of Carlsbad, CA, Liv Syvrud and Michael Violette of Arlington, VA, ten grandchildren, Elizabeth, Matthew, Patrick and Katherine Strickland, Kelsey and Haley Syvrud, Tor and Amy Syvrud, and Sam and Leila Violette. and three brothers Dennis Syvrud of Oshkosh, WI, Lee and Phyllis Syvrud of Windsor Lakes, WI, and Keith and Bette Syvrud of Oregon, WI. To contribute to Parkinson's disease research, Syvrud donated his body to the Johns Hopkins Brain Resource Center. A celebration of his life will be held at Ebenezer Methodist Church, Purcellville, VA on November 26 at 2 p.m near Aurdal, his beloved farm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to Ebenezer Methodist Church, 11592 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville, VA, 20132 or Doctors without Borders, 333 7th Ave., New York, NY, 10001. To contribute to Parkinson's disease research, Syvrud donated his body to the Johns Hopkins Brain Resource Center. A celebration of his life will be held at Ebenezer Methodist Church, Purcellville, VA on November 26 at 2 p.m near Aurdal, his beloved farm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to Ebenezer Methodist Church, 11592 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville, VA, 20132 or Doctors without Borders, 333 7th Ave., New York, NY, 10001.

Published in The Washington Post on July 23, 2011
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