Honoring the Memory of Dr. Frederick C. Dunbar
by Rosa Abrantes-Metz
Dr. Frederick C. Dunbar (Fred) was a leading economist and expert witness, as well as a mentor and friend to many, and his passing represents a true loss to the profession.
Fred was an Economic Fellow in the Office of Economic Analysis at the SEC, where he belonged to the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Innovation. Prior to his career in the government, Fred was an economic consultant for thirty years at NERA Economic Consulting and in the 1970’s at Charles River Associates. He specialized in the economics of antitrust, trade regulation, and risk management, including mass torts and claims estimation, securities and valuation, transportation, and natural resource economics.Â Fred directed many hundreds of such projects and also provided testimony in several of these.Â Â He was one of the leading economic expertsÂ in these fields, and much of his litigation work such as in securities and mass torts influenced the way economic and empirical analysesÂ have since then been undertakenÂ by practitioners and accepted in courts.
Fred also taught in the Economics Departments of Tufts University and Northeastern University, and served as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law and Columbia University School of Law.Â He was a prolific author.Â And he was always a true teacher, even outside the classroom.
Fred’s devotion to his work and colleagues and his acumen forÂ business were impressive; his generous laugh and his enthusiasm for life were infectious.Â Â He set a personal and professional example that continues to inspire those lucky enough to have known him.Â He will be greatly missed.