Charles Lave

Dr. Lave (Charlie) was a transportation economist at University of California, Irvine, best known for his influential work on the effects of the 55 m.p.h. speed limit, the economics of public transportation, and transportation safety, topics on which he published more than 100 papers over his 42–year career at UCI. He also wrote about transportation in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Atlantic Monthly, and appeared on the television program 60 Minutes. He served on 12 National Research Council Transportation Research Board committees, and chaired the State of California Blue Ribbon Commission on the safety effects of emission standards. Charlie was cofounder of the UC Transportation Center, and the editor of its journal, Access; he was a member of the editorial board of three other transportation journals. He served on the board of directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research (1991-97). He was a highly respected member of the UCI community, serving four terms as chair of the economics department and four terms as chair of the faculty of the School of Social Sciences. He received two campus-wide awards for his contributions to teaching and research, and was a superb teacher and mentor, noted for his ability to help students and colleagues clarify and sharpen their thinking. A dedicated member of the UCI community, Charlie made faculty and staff housing on the campus his primary project over the last 25 years, and served as chairman of the board of the Irvine Campus Housing Authority from 1983 to 1997. Dr. Lave retired as emeritus facutly in 1999 and died in 2008.

Excerpted from In Memoriam: Charles Aurthur Lave

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