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In Memoriam:
Professor Emeritus Thomas Naylor

Thomas Naylor

Tom Naylor died on December 12 after suffering a stroke. He was a Professor of Economics at Duke from 1964 until 1993, teaching economics, management science, and computer science.

Naylor was involved in the planning and early implementation of the Department of Computer Science and had a secondary appointment in the Department when it was created. His simulation course in the Economics Department was one of the few early courses that was cross-listed and counted towards the Computer Science Major.

In the early 1970's, Naylor founded Social Systems Inc., a software and management consulting firm. The company sold mainframe based corporate modeling software, SIMPLAN, to large companies. A number of Duke CS graduates found employment with SSI.

After serving Duke for nearly 30 years, Naylor moved to Vermont in 1993 with his wife, Magdalena. He was a devoted husband and father to son, Alexander, and daughter, Susanne Powell.

For more on Naylor's life, see the Duke Economics obituary article.

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