Leon Moses

October 27, 1924October 12, 2013
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In loving memory of Leon Nathan Moses of Wilmette, IL, who died October 12, 2013. Born in 1924 in New York, NY, Leon earned a BA from Ohio State University in 1945 and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1953, at which time he joined the faculty as a Professor of Economics of Harvard University. In 1959 he joined the faculty at Northwestern University as Professor of Economics and Assistant Director of the Transportation Center. During his 46 year career at Northwestern, he served as Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and Kellogg School of Business, Director of the Transportation Center and Chair of the Economics Department. Leon was a teacher and mentor to many economists and other students at Northwestern and the recipient of many awards. He retired in 2005. He is predeceased by his wife, Rae Arlene Moses and is survived by his children, Megan McBride, Jonathan, Richard and Jared Moses, their spouses, 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchilden, and his brother, Michael Moses. Funeral services, Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 12 Noon at Weinstein Funeral Home, 111 Skokie Blvd, Wilmette, IL 60091, 847-256-5700. Interment, Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, IL. Memorial donations in Leon's name may be made to the Little Brothers of the Poor.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Mitch Macknin

April 20, 2014

What better legacy than leaving a lasting impression. I've always remembered Professor Moses from my days as an econ major at NU. He was my Senior Thesis advisor as well, and gave me very frank advice about going to law school. He was a great, open and honest man, who I remember like yesterday from forty years ago.

Todd Warren

October 24, 2013

Dr. Moses along with robert coen advised those of us who were working on our senior honors thesis in economics when I was an undergraduate. He was a terrific overall advisor and professor; and the senior seminar was one of the best of a fantastic undergrad experience at NU. He impacted many of us in our careers.

leesah jacobs givot

October 20, 2013

Leon came into my focus as a larger than life house guest. He and my father met teaching at NU and had become fast friends; both so opinionated and both loved to " discuss" their views. Leon was getting a divorce and had just come back from a trip to jamaica looking for some life answers. My Dad offered him a room in our house. Needless to say, I had a love hate relationship with him at the time, being a rebelous young girl in the 60's, but the truth was Leon stood out throughout my life as one of the very few people I could be painfully honest with and know he would have tough but guiding advice for me and always from his heart. I was so very fortunate to know that i would see Leon and Rae ( his saving grace) on almost all my trips back to evanston for a visit to NU and family functions on campus....Leon would always welcome me with open arms and say "There she is! Sit down and tell me what's happening!" . when i would hear those words I always felt as if i had come home....I know the last years of his life had been hard and he was the man who always fought through everything and i now say rest in peace from the bottom of my heart. i am so grateful to have had your energy in my life. you fought the good fight and touched so many souls on this earth. with deep love and respect,
leesah jacobs givot

Joseph DeSalvo

October 19, 2013

I first met Leon when he was director of the Northwestern Transportation Center. Later he was my dissertation advisor, while we worked on the large U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project with other faculty and graduate students. Later, he helped me land my first job at the Rand Corporation after leaving Northwestern. He was even responsible for getting me on my first Rand project. Subsequently, he wrote countless letters of recommendation for me. Obviously, Leon was an important part of my life, and I will miss him greatly. I will always remember him for his help, advice, exuberance, and love of life.

Adair Waldenberg

October 18, 2013

Leon was department chair of the economics department when I was an undergraduate. When I returned to NU a decade later, I was happy to see he was there.

Leon was dedicated to Northwestern and his students. He was always honest and forthright. His career at NU reflects both his intellect and his character.

He will be greatly missed.

Alex Anas

October 14, 2013

I have known Leon since I joined the Northwestern faculty in 1975. While working with him I most enjoyed seeing his ability to enjoy both his work and his life.

A poet (whose name I cannot recall) once wrote that life is like a glass full of water, but with a crack in the glass. Whether you drink from it or not, the water will eventually run out. Then, you might as well drink from the glass and enjoy it. And so Leon did and lived a full life. May he rest in peace and he will be remembered well.

Bruce Allen

October 14, 2013

Leon was my PhD advisor and academic mentor from the time I entered Northwestern. I learned so much from him. I took his Location Theory course and TA'd it for him. He guided me through my dissertation. He got me my first (and only) job with Walter Isard at Penn. I owe so much to this great teacher and man. Rest in peace. Bruce Allen, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania