Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thomas K. McCraw, 1940-2012

We are deeply saddened to report the death of Thomas K. McCraw, Pulitzer Prize-winning business historian, Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, emeritus, at the Harvard Business School, and long-time Business History Conference member (and Past- President). Professor McCraw died Saturday, November 3, 2012, in Cambridge, Massachusetts; he was 72.
    His Prophets of Regulation: Charles Francis Adams, Louis D. Brandeis, James M. Landis, Alfred E. Kahn (1984) won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1985; Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction (2007), was awarded both the Hagley Prize and the Fay Chandler Prize for the best book on business history. He had just published The Founders and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy (Harvard University Press, 2012).
    At Harvard Business School Professor McCraw served as a Director of Research (1984-86), as head of two required first-year courses (1981-84 and 1996-2002), as chair and co-chair of the Business, Government, and the International Economy Unit (1986-97), and as editor and co-editor of the Business History Review (1994-2004).  He was also the editor for seven books in the monograph series Harvard Studies in Business History. The BHC presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
    Readers can find an obituary in the New York Times and another on the HBS website.