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U. professor of economics Uwe Reinhardt dies at 80

Uwe Reinhardt, professor of economics and public affairs at the University, passed away on Nov. 13, 2017 due to an illness. He was 80 years old.

Reinhardt has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on healthcare economics and the U.S. healthcare system, and had been teaching at the University since 1970. He is a past president of the Association of Health Services Research and served as a commissioner on the Physician Payment Review Committee from 1986 to 1995.

The University community began to react shortly after news of Reinhardt’s death was announced.

“He had a heart of gold,” said University economics professor Atif Mian in a tweet. “Having witnessed the horrid consequences of the rise of fascism in Germany early in his life, he was especially sensitive to the politics of hate, division and authoritarianism.”

Mian added that “Uwe was a tremendous scholar and teacher – one of the very best – with [a] deep interest in everything that touched public interest.”

Information will soon be released about memorial services for the University community in memory of Reinhardt.