Graduate School News

Loss of James C. Ingram, former Graduate School Dean

May 22, 2011

James C. Ingram, professor of economics emeritus at UNC, died May 8, 2011 at the age of 89.

Ingram was born in Roanoke, Alabama, on January 11, 1922, and grew up in the small town of Lineville, Alabama. At the age of 16 he graduated from High School and enrolled in the University of Alabama. He was in his senior year at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. He immediately signed up for the U.S. Army, but graduated early in order to go on active duty. He served for four years, two in the European Theater.

When he was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Captain, Ingram began graduate studies at Stanford University, earning an M.A. (Economics) in May 1947. Ingram returned to graduate school, first at Stanford and then at Cornell University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Economics in August 1952.

Ingram joined the UNC faculty of economics in 1952, immediately after receiving his Ph.D. from Cornell, and he remained at UNC until his retirement. During his over 30 year tenure at UNC, he taught both graduate and undergraduate economics, served on a number of boards and committees, and authored numerous books and papers. He also served as Dean of the Graduate School, 1966-69 and as Managing Editor of the Southern Economic Journal, 1961-65.

Throughout his adult life, Jim was deeply loyal to the University of North Carolina and devoted to his daughters and grandsons. He enjoyed long term relationships with a wide circle of friends and valued the new friendships he found at the Cedars, where he moved in 2006 after the death of his wife Alice. Jim's favorite hobbies were tennis, gardening, literature, and travel. He appreciated beauty in many forms including art and music. He had an insatiable appetite for news, world events, and politics and made a point of becoming well informed on subjects of importance to him. Jim blessed those around him with his understated sense of humor and gentle spirit.

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The Chapel Hill News
The News & Observer