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Louis Michael Spadaro, RIP

May 14, 2008 by

Press release here:

Louis Michael Spadaro, Ph.D., the founding dean of the Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration, died on May 3 at his home in Syracuse, N.Y. He was 94.

Spadaro, a New York City native, joined the Fordham faculty in 1939, and as professor and dean he founded the Graduate School of Business Administration at Lincoln Center.

“Dr. Spadaro pioneered the first years of the Graduate School of Business Administration, and his legacy lives on in the achievements of our students, the success of our faculty and the growth of our programs and global reach,” said GBA Dean Howard P. Tuckman, Ph.D.

Spadaro was an alumnus of City College of New York and New York University, where he earned his doctorate in economics and became part of the Austrian School of Economics, a movement that included notable free-market libertarian theorists such as Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Hans Sennholz and Murray Rothbard.

Spadaro edited New Directions in Austrian Economics.


Dennis May 14, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Someone please correct me if I am mistaken, but was not Professor Spadaro one of a handful of students who received a doctorate in economics from NYU under the direction of Mises?

Justin Ptak May 14, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Yes, Mises’ PhD students at NYU were Hans Senholz, Louis Spadaro, Israel Kirzner, and George Reisman.

Samuel Bostaph May 14, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Lou Spadaro was one of the first libertarian intellectuals whom I met on my first post-grad summer in Menlo Park when IHS was there. He impressed me with his very warm, personable, engaging personality and intellectual conviction and commitment to the cause of liberty. Every conversation I had with him then and on later occasions was an enjoyable learning experience and my library grew rapidly with the books he recommended I read.

I remember being amazed that he would take so much time to talk to a very green, ignorant newly-minted Ph.D. I shall raise a glass and toast his memory at dinner this evening.

Ralph Raico May 14, 2008 at 9:39 pm

I was saddened to hear the news of the death of Lou Spardaro. I knew him many years ago from the Mises NYU seminar, where Lou was one of the most active participants. His comments were always intelligent and to the point, but what I remember most is his invariably gentlemanly and considerate attitude which, I think, helped create the atmosphere of intellectual camaraderie that prevailed at the seminar.

Justin Ptak May 14, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Rest in peace Professor Spadaro. Thank you for your recollections Dr. Bostaph and Dr. Raico.

Inquisitor May 15, 2008 at 4:51 am

Wow, it seems soon it will be nigh impossible to meet anyone who met the great Mises. Perhaps Drs Kirzner and Reisman, for however much longer they remain around.

Gary North May 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Spadaro’s Ph.D. dissertation is worth reading. It is on the Social Credit movement. I read it when I wrote my book on Social Credit, Salvation Through Inflation. It can be downloaded here:


It would be good if Mises.org would make the dissertation available in the Literature section.

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