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ROBERT C. WITT
Robert C. Witt, professor of finance, died on February 7, 1995. He was 53.
Professor Witt was born on August 24, 1941, in Tyndall, South Dakota. He earned two bachelor's degrees from the University of South Dakota in 1964. He received his first master's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1966. He later received a second master's degree and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and 1972, respectively.
Dr. Witt taught at the University of British Columbia and Augustana College. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1970, where he served as chairman of the Department of Finance for a number of years, beginning in 1984.
A specialist in risk management and insurance, Professor Witt advised the Texas Legislature on auto insurance rate-making and rating laws. He was an adviser to the Texas Medical Malpractice Study Commission and to the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Witt also served as associate editor of the Journal of Risk and Insurance.
Professor Witt held the Gus S. Wortham Memorial Chair in Risk Management and Insurance. In 1987 he was honored with an award for outstanding research by the College of Business Administration. In 1990 his colleagues voted him "second most prolific writer" in insurance research in the world.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on December 20, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.