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GEORGE WARD STOCKING
George Ward Stocking, retired professor of economics, died on June 7, 1975. He was 82. 1
Professor Stocking was born on September 24, 1892, in Clarendon, Texas. He received a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1918. He earned master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University in 1921 and 1925, respectively.
Dr. Stocking taught at the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, and Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt he was chairman of the Department of Economics and served as the director of the Institute of Social Sciences. He joined the faculty of UT Austin in 1925 and taught until 1946.
Professor Stocking was also involved in government and public service. In 1931 he studied economic conditions in Central Europe for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In 1933 he was a member and chairman of the Petroleum Labor Policy Board under the National
Recovery Act, during the first administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1935 he served on arbitration boards to settle labor strikes. He was also a member of the Advisory Commission to the Council of National Defense.
Professor Stocking published numerous books, among them The Oil Industry and the Competitive System: A Study in Waste (1925), The Potash Industry: A Study in State Control (1931), and Workable Competition and Antitrust Policy (1961).
In 1932, as a Guggenheim fellow, Professor Stocking carried out research on the oil industry in Mexico.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 18, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center.
1 Correct information provided by Cynthia Stocking Peck, Professor Stocking's daughter, on April 17, 2002.