Iva Lee Skov
Following the publication of last year’s newsletter, we were informed of the passing of Professor Iva Lee Skov in summer 2008. Lee joined the permanent faculty in 1972 and retired in 1998. She received her undergraduate and M.A. degrees from South Dakota State University, Brookings, and her doctorate from the University of Southern California. Lee’s fields of specialization were comparative economics and consumer economics, and for most of her career, she was the credential advisor in the department. In addition to her teaching assignments, Lee was active in economic education and was instrumental in setting up the Center for Economic Education at Long Beach. The center assisted in the development of curricular economic programs and trained teachers, especially high school teachers, in economics. Her workshops were very successful, and she had trained many of the areas’ high school economics teachers. Lee also served as executive director of the Mark Taper Hall of Economics and Finance at the California Museum of Science and Industry in Exposition Park. In addition to teaching consumer economics, Lee also taught comparative economic systems and developed a course on the emerging nations of Eastern Europe.