HERBERT SCARF

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SCARF--Herbert Eli,

age 85, of New Haven, CT and Sag Harbor, NY, died peacefully in his home in Sag Harbor with his family by his side. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, best-selling author Maggie Scarf; his daughter Martha Samuelson, her husband Paul, and their sons Charlie, Tom and David; his daughter Betsy Stone, her husband Mike, and their children Deborah, Sarah and Daniel, and his daughter Susan Merrell, her husband Jim, and their children Maggie and Jake. Herb was a Sterling Professor Emeritus of Economics at Yale University, where he taught for over 50 years. Herb received numerous professional recognitions and awards, including being named a member of the American Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and receiving both the Frederick Lanchester Award and the John von Neumann medal from the Operations Research Society of America. He was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economics Association in 1991. He was recognized in many Nobel prize citations including those of Gerard Debreu and Lloyd Shapley for his ground breaking contributions to economics. He was a mentor to generations of Ph.D. students and enjoyed daily coffee with his colleagues at Yale's Cowles Foundation. Herb was an early feminist. The accomplishments of his wife and his daughters were so important to him, and he basked in their various successes. Herb had a huge number of interests, including foreign travel, music, and art. He went everywhere and listened to everything. Herb touched so many people and helped them in their lives. We will miss him immensely. There will be a celebration of Herb's life early in 2016 at Yale.

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 18, 2015
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