In memoriam: Michael Intriligator
On Monday, June 23, we lost a dear friend, Michael Intriligator, a distinguished economist who for more than a decade served as a senior fellow at the Milken Institute. Michael passed away after a long illness.
Michael spent most of his career at UCLA, which he joined in 1963. From 1982 to 1992, he directed the UCLA Center for International and Strategic Affairs, the predecessor of the current Burkle Center for International Relations.
His research focused on economic theory, econometrics, health economics, and strategy and arms control. His most recent work has concerned health-care reform, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, global security, and Russia’s attempted transition to a market economy. That is the Michael we knew well.
When discussing terrorism and nuclear weapons, Michael was always forceful and passionate, with well-backed-up arguments. But he was also a gentle soul, whose smile and interest in whatever you were doing made him a pleasure to be around.
Some of the best moments were his discussions with his good friend Alvin Toffler, the author and futurist, which took place at our annual Global Conference. He also wrote about and moderated panels on terrorism, Russia and nuclear proliferation, like this one on “Getting Smarter in the Fight Against Terrorism” from our 2010 Global Conference.
A member of the editorial boards of Economic Directions, Defense and Peace Economics and Conflict Management and Peace Science, Intriligator authored or edited over 200 professional and general articles and scholarly texts. His standard work, Mathematical Optimization and Economic Theory is now in its 13th printing. He received his M.A. from Yale University, where he was the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and was awarded his Ph.D. from MIT.
We will miss our friend, but feel fortunate to have known and worked with him.