Elinor Ostrom dies, CSIS and MSU mourn an inspiring friend

Elinor Ostrom dies, CSIS and MSU mourn an inspiring friend

June 12, 2012

Elinor Ostrom, a Nobel Laureate, Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecturer and beloved friend and collaborator of CSIS and Michigan State University, died Tuesday, June 12.

Ostrom was the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science and senior research director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. She was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2009.

An announcement was shared by The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis:

"Lin passed away at 6:40 am today, surrounded by her Workshop friends. 

"There will be a memorial service for Lin this fall, and we will let you know when arrangements for this have been decided. 

"Please do not send flowers.  If you wish to do something, Lin would have always wanted donations made to the Tocqueville Fund.

Ostrom served on the CHANS-Net Advisory Board and has collaborated with several faculty members at CSIS, including Jack Liu,  Bill Taylor, Tom Dietz and Bill McConnell. She also received an honorary doctorate of science and addressed the advanced degree receipients at the Dec. 10, 2010, commencement ceremony.

Her Rachel Carson lecture "Institutional Robustness: How Institutional Arrangements Facilitate or Detract from Efforts to Sustain Ecological Systems" was attended by about 300 people.

Ostrom visited with CSIS members thoughout her time on the MSU campus, and will be remembered for her deep commitment to collegial and generous collaboration, the rare combination of intellectual rigor and true kindness, and a long career dedicated to finding answers to questions that matter.