Eldon J. Dvorak passed away on Sept. 22, 2011 in Fountain Valley, Calif., at the age of 80. Dvorak, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, came to CSULB in 1961 and worked in the Economics Department for 30 years before retiring in 1991. During his tenure as chair, Dvorak helped to expand the department, doubling the number of tenure-track faculty. He also was instrumental in the creation of the M.A. degree program.
Along with an extensive list of professional accomplishments, Dvorak was known for his tireless work with the Western Economic Association International, which he helped transform into a major scholarly organization with two high-quality journals: Economic Inquiry and Contemporary Economic Policy, a periodical created to provide contemporary economic analysis to a broader professional audience and for which Dvorak was the founding editor.
Even upon retirement, he remained a strong supporter and great friend to the department. Dvorak enjoyed life and was an avid dancer and traveler.