Zane Spindler

Obituary: Zane Spindler - Sept. 2, 1941 – Dec. 30, 2008

February 2, 2009

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Zane Spindler, professor of economics, died of pancreatic cancer in Cape Town, South Africa on Dec. 30, 2008. He joined SFU after completing his PhD studies at Michigan State University in 1967 and served SFU with distinction for more than four decades.

While widely versed in economics, Spindler’s specialty was "public choice", the study of interaction between private and public participants in the economy. He published prodigiously and continuously in a wide range of journals, and regularly gave papers at conferences worldwide.

Spindler had a passion for life that began at home with lifelong friends, strong conversation and gourmet food—he was a first-class chef. He was also a patron of the arts and collected art.

Spindler was an explorer of life: not least as an inveterate traveler. Two decades ago he fell in love with Cape Town and usually spent his research semester there. On his website, he quotes Captain Sir Richard Burton: “One of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure on a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off, with one mighty effort, the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the clock of many Cares, and the slavery of Home, one feels once more happy. The blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood. A journey, in fact, appeals to Imagination, to Memory, to Hope—the three sister Graces of our moral being.”

Spindlers’ friends will remember him as unfailingly loyal, kind and courtly. We are deeply saddened. On Feb. 1, James Dean will host a small gathering in his memory: 604.727.0893.


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Peter Tysoe

I am distraught to learn of the death

of Zane. We met at an Adelaide Uni hall of residence in 1985, when we were both new arrivals in Australia. Our friendship has lasted over the years, and I am going to miss his warm humour and wit. He was a great

man. I regret that I didn't have the opportunity to share in the gathering in his memory. He will be

remembered with affection.

Peter Tysoe

ronnie boyd

So sorry to read of the death of Zane also met him in Australia he was a gentleman and those of us who new him at that time will always remember him

Elana Newman

Not having heard from Zane for a rather longer period than normal for our intermittent but always enlivening correspondence, I was shocked and saddened to discover, via this website, that this interesting and unusual man is no more. The photograph of Zane at the top of Lion's Head is especially moving as that's where I met him 20 years ago. I will remember him with great fondness.

Guy Barnett

I was very sad to learn of Zane's passing. I met Zane whilst on holiday in Cuba in 2002 and remember some fun times during that week. We also exchanged emails every now and again during the ensuing years. The moving obituary and photograph bears out my impression of Zane gained through knowing him only briefly - a man who really enjoyed life, people and his chosen career. It was a privilege to have met Zane.

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