Marianne Ferber passed away on Saturday, May 11. Marianne received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1954. She joined the Department of Economics in 1956, originally as a Lecturer. She became a Full Professor in 1979, and retired in 1993. Marianne's research focused on women in the labor market. She published papers in a wide variety of books and journals, including the American Economic Review and the Journal of Human Resources. Her textbook entitled The Economics of Women, Men, and Work (with Francine Blau and Anne Winkler) is entering its seventh edition. Marianne Ferber was a long-time participant and supporter of the Program for Women and Gender in Global Perspectives at the University. She was also Director of Women's Studies twice (1980-83, 1991-93).
Announcement from the Sinai Temple:
We are greatly saddened to announce the death of Marianne A. Ferber, born Jan 30, 1923 in Czechoslovakia, died May 11, after illness; long-time University of Illinois Professor of Economics specializing in the economics of women in the workplace; world-known author of numerous books and professional articles; widow of the late University of Illinois Professor Robert Ferber.
She is survived by her son Don Ferber of Madison, Wisconsin, daughter Ellen Rogalin and son-in-law Ed Rogalin of Beaverton, Oregon, and her sister, Wilma Iggers of Buffalo, New York, as well as countless students, colleagues, friends and relatives whose lives she enriched in many ways.
The funeral service will be held on Tuesday May 14 at 1:00 pm at the Mittendorf-Calvert Funeral Home at 611 E. Pennsylvania Ave in Champaign. Rabbi Norman Klein will officiate the funeral service in the Mount Hope Mausoleum Chapel. Following the service in the chapel, there will be a gravesite service. Follow the services, there will be a reception at the home of Laura Hastings and Wolfgang Schloer: 3303 S. Pine Circle, Urbana (Yankee-Ridge subdivision).
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either of these two endowment funds:
(1) Marianne A. Ferber Award in Women's Studies: This fund supports an award to the doctoral with the most outstanding dissertation proposal related to gender and women's studies.
(2) Jean M. Due and Marianne A. Ferber International Research Fund: This fund supports travel expenses for dissertation research addressing international issues of women, gender, and development.
Your check should be made payable to the University of Illinois Foundation, and should include a short note, or a memo on the check, designating which of these two funds you intend for your donation. Mail checks to: University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 West Green Street, MC-386, Urbana, IL 61801.