Manoranjan Dutta, professor emeritus in the Department of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and one of the first economists of Indian-American heritage, passed away February 22, 2015, following a stroke.
Dutta, who joined the Rutgers faculty in 1962, pioneered American engagement with Asian Pacific economies. The author of many books, including "The Asian Economy and Asian Money" and "The United States of Europe: The European Union and the Euro Revolution," he specialized in the economics of globalization.
A Fulbright senior specialist, he was a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and internationally. He had served as chair of the National Advisory Council for South Asian Affairs and president of the Board of Trustees of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies and founded the "Journal of Asian Economics."
Born in India, Dutta received his bachelor's degree from Presidency College and his master's degree from the University of Calcutta. In 1958, he arrived as a Fulbright fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he became the first student to earn a Ph.D. under Nobel Laureate Lawrence Klein. A student leader in India's fight for independence, he battled in the United States for the rights of Indian-Americans, uniting the community as a social, cultural, and political force in America. In 1967, he founded the Association of Indians in America, the oldest organization of Asian Indian immigrants in the United States with chapters nationwide.
He is survived by his wife, Kanak; a daughter, Kavery; and grandchildren, Usha and Ashok.
His life had a fullness that leaves ours less filled.
Contributed by the Department of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences