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Paul J. Driscoll, 45

Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 04 - September 18, 1997

Paul J. Driscoll, associate professor of agricultural and applied economics, died unexpectedly September 9 while on vacation prior to taking educational leave at Lincoln University in New Zealand.

He died of an apparent heart attack while returning to his hotel from a fishing trip. He was 45.

Driscoll and his wife, Anya McGuirk, also an associate professor of agricultural and applied economics, were vacationing in the South Pacific's Cook Islands.

"Paul's strength was in working with students and faculty members in developing state-of-the-art statistical tools and quantitative methods to measure consumer demand," said Les Myers, department head. "He will be missed as a key component of our research and teaching efforts, and he will be missed on a personal level by everyone who knew him."

Driscoll specialized in econometrics, especially in measuring consumer demand for food. Most recently, he was involved in research to measure how consumer concern for fat in meat affected consumer demand.

He was active in the department's graduate program, and taught classes in production theory and consumer-demand theory.

He joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1989. Before that, he worked as an industry economist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle, Wash.; as a research associate for a commercial economic-forecasting firm in Philadelphia; and as a project director for International Human Assistance Programs in the Philippines. He also served with the Peace Corps in the Philippines.

A funeral service was held in Hickory, Md.