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Sylvester Joseph Petro (1917-2007)

February 22, 2008 by

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported as follows:

November 10, 2007, marked the passing of a great teacher, scholar and defender
of liberty, Sylvester Joseph Petro, who died at his son’s home in Roswell,
Georgia. The son of an immigrant family in Chicago, born in 1917, he was married
to Helen Pietrasyzk, now deceased for 65 years. After receiving a Bachelor of
Arts and a doctorate of law degree from the University of Chicago, he continued
his studies to graduate degrees in law at the University of Michigan, where he
also worked for Commerce Clearing House. He taught labor law and other subjects
at New York University Law School from 1950 to 1972. In 1973, he moved to
Winston Salem, North Carolina and taught labor law at Wake Forest University Law
School until the early 1990′s. As the director of the Wake Forest Institute of
Law and Policy Analysis, he continued the Institute after retiring from the
University. He took up residence in Woodstock, Georgia, in December of 2004. The
author of many books, (including The Labor Policy of the Free Society, The
Kohler Strike, The Kingsport Press Strike, and others), he wrote a continuous
stream of scholarly articles and law reviews for publications which included
Baron’s and Fortune Magazine. He was the founder of the conservative party of
New York in the 1950′s and member of the Mont Pelerin Society, a tireless worker
for the Foundation for Economic Education, and the National Right to Work
Committee. He also taught at Baylor, and the University of Rome Law School in
Rome, Italy. He did labor law related work in teaching for General Electric,
Doubleday Publishing, the Kingsport Press and Kohler Industries as well as
others. He lectured widely in Europe and South America as well as the United
States of America.

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matthew mueller February 22, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Sylvestro Petro did write mainly in legal theory (labor union policy), but the opening chapters of his “Labor Policy of the Free Society” remains one of the most lucid and utterly brilliant presentations of Misesian economic theory ever written! I thank the Mises Institute for bringing this book back into print. Sylvestro Petro was a very important thinker, and I think everyone familiar with his work will miss him deeply.

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