CU-Boulder Holds Memorial Service For A Legendary Economics Professor

Published: Nov. 23, 1997

A memorial service for Reuben Zubrow, a University of Colorado at Boulder professor who taught economics to more than 30,000 students, will be held on Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel on campus.

A small reception is scheduled to follow at 5 p.m. in the Heritage Center.

Zubrow died of cancer at Boulder Community Hospital on Oct. 24 at the age of 83. Among the many who will pay tribute to him at the service are Dean Larry Singell of the CU-Boulder College of Business and Administration, Zita Weinshienk, a former student of Zubrow who is now a U.S. District Judge, members of the Zubrow family and other friends and colleagues.

Zubrow joined the CU-Boulder faculty in 1949, where he taught economics for 43 years. He received the Boulder Faculty Assembly’s Teaching Excellence Award, the Regent’s University Medal, the Robert L. Stearns Alumni Award, the University Teaching Recognition Award and the University of Colorado Thomas Jefferson Award.

“It’s a great loss for the University of Colorado,” said CU President John C. Buechner. “Reuben Zubrow was a CU-institution -- a truly larger than life figure both in and out of the classroom. He embodied all the best qualities of a college professor -- a first-rate scholar, a consummate classroom lecturer, and a devoted public servant whose work as an analyst was an asset to state and federal policy makers for over 30 years.

“He was also my friend and colleague, and I, along with the entire university community, will miss him very much,” Buechner said.

Zubrow specialized in the study of public finance and his research was used to help revise the tax code in Colorado and other states. He also conducted landmark studies on poverty, economic development and revenue reclamation.