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Walter A. Weisskopf was born in Austria in 1904. Educated in Geneva, Switzerland and Cambridge, England, he earned his PhD from the University of Vienna in 1927. He worked as a lawyer and labor relations advisor in Vienna from 1927 to 1938 when he came to the United States.
Weisskopf studied at American University, Washington, DC (1938), the University of Chicago (1939), and the University of Wisconsin (1940). He served as instructor in Economics, History, and Government at the University of Omaha, Nebraska from 1939 to 1943 when he took up a teaching post at Central YMCA College.
During World War II, Weisskopf was a consulting economist in industrial relations and public panel member of the National War Labor Board from 1943 to 1945.
In 1945, Weisskopf joined Edward Sparling and left Central YMCA College to become one of the founding faculty members of the newly formed Roosevelt College. He began as an associate professor, was acting chair of the Department of Economics in 1945, became a full professor in 1946, was chair of the Department of Economics from 1946 to 1967, and became professor emeritus in 1977. Weisskopf also served on the Board of Trustees from 1950 to 1974 and was an honorary trustee from 1975 to 1990. Weisskopf’s wife Gertrude was a professor of Modern Languages at Roosevelt from 1962 to 1975.
A specialist in the study of integration of the social sciences, Weisskopf was a prolific lecturer and author of numerous papers as well as The Psychology of Economics (1956) and Alienation and Economics (1971). He died in California in 1991.
Image: Professor Walter Weisskopf (left) and original RU graduate Raymond Clevenger at a homecoming reunion, February 1973