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.