John Dunlop was a widely respected labor economist who served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University from 1969 to 1973. An adviser to many U.S. presidents beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dunlop was secretary of labor under Gerald Ford.
Harvard Acting President Derek Bok, who co-authored the book Labor and the American Community (1970) with Dunlop, said of his colleague: “He played an indispensable role in finding common ground between labor unions, employers, and government. He leaves a void that can never be filled.”
Raised in the Philippines where his parents served as missionaries, Dunlop earned a bachelor’s degree (1935) and a Ph.D. (1939) from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1938, becoming associate professor of economics in 1945 and full professor in 1950. He chaired the Economics Department from 1961 to 1966.
Dunlop served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences during a time of student unrest. He was appointed Lamont University Professor in 1971. He wrote numerous books and articles, including, “Wage Determination Under Trade Unions” (1944), “Collective Bargaining: Principles and Cases” (1949); “Industrial Relations Systems” (1958); “Labor in the Twentieth Century” (ed., 1978); “Dispute Resolution, Negotiation and Consensus Building” (1984); and “A Stitch in Time: Lessons from the Apparel and Textile Industries” (with Abernathy, Hammond, and Weil, 1999).
—By Ken Gewertz from the Harvard University Gazette
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