Thursday, October 12, 2017
I am saddened to report the death of antitrust scholar Fred McChesney. Fred taught at a number of schools, most recently Miami and before that at Northwestern, Cornell and Emory. He also worked at the FTC during the Reagan years. Fred made important contributions to antitrust and in particular in the study of Virginia School public choice analysis of antitrust institutions.
Lamentably, Fred was in bad shape for a while. I really liked him. He could sometimes be tough but inside he was a real sweetheart - a really caring and nice guy. I worked with him as his editor on a chapter for my Oxford Handbook of International Antitrust Economics. We had great back and forth on ideological, doctrinal, religious, and sometimes health issues over the past 8 years. At one point he asked me to join him as a coauthor on his antitrust casebook. I am very idiosyncratic when it comes to casebook philosophy so I politely declined but in retrospect, it would have meant some more time spent with Fred. I am sorry that I don't have that time to spend with him ever again.