Jan S. Hogendorn ’60

Jan S. Hogendorn, Grossman Professor of Economics, Emeritus, at Colby College, died Oct. 10, 2017, at age 79. A member of Delta Tau Delta, he received his degree with high honors and with distinction. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. After receiving a master’s degree and a PhD from the London School of Economics, he joined the faculty of Boston University briefly before moving to Colby. Born in Hawaii and evacuated by flying boat after Pearl Harbor, he grew up in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he was a champion high school debater, won the 1956 Voice of Democracy contest, and addressed that year’s Democratic convention. In 1958 he was in the inaugural group of students to visit Africa as part of Operation Crossroads Africa. Inspired by the promise of economic growth in Africa, he decided to major in economics. His PhD subject was British colonial agricultural policy in northern Nigeria. In 1966 he became assistant professor of economics at Colby. He later served as chair of the economics department and was appointed the Grossman Professor of Economics in 1977. He visited Nigeria and Britain several times, including a visit to Oxford University on a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. During his career he published more than 50 articles and essays; multiple editions of textbooks in introductory, international, and developmental economics; and three books on the history of agriculture, slavery, and abolition in West Africa. Later, he participated in local politics, serving several times as moderator of the Vassalboro (Me.) Town Meeting. He is survived by his wife, Dianne Hodet Hogendorn; his son, Christiaan, associate professor of economics at Wesleyan; his daughter-in-law, Erika Naginski; and two grandchildren.