In Memory of Max Kreinin and Cecil Mackey
Within two days the Economics Department at MSU lost two long serving faculty members. Professor Cecil Mackey died on February 8, 2018 at the age of 89. Cecil regularly taught undergraduate courses for the department since stepping down as the president of MSU in 1985. Professor Max Kreinin died one day later on February 9, 2018 at the age of 88. Max joined the faculty of the department in 1957 and remained an active scholar and teacher for 60 years.
Interestingly, both Max and Cecil played pivotal roles during the financial crisis that gripped MSU during the early 1980s recession. Cecil was president of MSU and was leading the university through some difficult choices in the face of $30 million deficits. Max was a member of the academic council and chair of the steering committee at that time. Max proposed a buy-out plan for tenured faculty that helped to resolve the financial crisis faced by the university. Cecil and Max guided the university through a challenging time and laid the foundation for MSU to grow and thrive in the three decades that followed.