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Enid M. Fogel, 1923-2007

Enid M. Fogel, retired associate dean of students at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, died Sunday, September 2, at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Mrs. Fogel, 84, was a resident of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Her husband, Nobel Prize–winning economist Robert W. Fogel, credited her work as a researcher in helping him succeed in his career.

Robert Fogel is the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of American Institutions at the Graduate School of Business. At the time of her death, Mrs. Fogel and her husband were writing two books:  Simon Kuznets and the Empirical Tradition in Economics and The Transformation of Economics, 1914-1980: Interviews with Economists.

“Over the years, Enid has been both my most confident supporter and my keenest critic,” Robert Fogel wrote in his autobiography posted on the Nobel Prize web site. “No individual has done more to help me pursue a career in science than my wife. When I was an assistant professor, she combined care of the children with many hours of unpaid labor as a research assistant in library archives. She helped boost my self-confidence when my unorthodox findings provoked controversy and criticism, and she often provided insightful suggestions for the improvement of my lectures, papers, books, letters, and research proposals.”

Mrs. Fogel began her career as a university administrator at the University of Rochester in 1969, where she served as the first director of the school’s Educational Opportunity Program. In the early 1970s, she accepted a position as assistant director of admissions and financial aid in the College of the University of Chicago.

In 1975, the Fogels moved to Harvard, where Mrs. Fogel earned a masters degree in education and then became dean of students at Harvard’s summer school. She made many innovative additions to the summer curriculum, including the introduction of a course in theater arts, which has become nationally famous.

She was also assistant director of Harvard’s evening program, which awards bachelor of arts degrees. While at Harvard, Mrs. Fogel was also assistant director of the school’s program in continuing education.

In 1981, the Fogels moved back to Chicago, and Mrs. Fogel served from 1981 to 1988 as associate dean of students at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She also was a docent at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she lectured to high school students on various collections at the institute.

During the 1990s, Mrs. Fogel and her husband traveled to Europe and Asia on behalf of the University of Chicago to help call attention to the new executive MBA program offered on those continents. Some of these appearances took place in China and were sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Economic Society, and leading universities.

Every year, Mrs. Fogel and her husband hosted a dinner for all minority students at the Graduate School of Business.

In addition to her husband, survivors include sons Michael and Steven; daughter-in-law Suzanne; grandchildren Lisa, Andrew, and Rachel; brother Ned Morgan; and sister Marjorie Henry. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ismay Flynn.

A private funeral will be held on Sunday, September 9. A memorial service will be scheduled for the fall. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages friends to make donations to the University of Chicago or a charity of their choosing. Letters of condolence should be sent care of: Center for Population Economics, The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, 5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.