Parzival Copes was born in British Columbia in 1924 and his family immigrated to the Netherlands during the Depression. The German army invaded the Netherlands in the Spring 1940 and the Copes family were unable to flee the country. Copes completed his secondary education in 1941, under Nazi occupation and when the “Hunger Winter” struck the Netherlands in 1944, Copes was arrested while searching for food and work and ended up in a German concentration camp in Ommen. Copes’s liberation came in the form of the Canadian army, which immediately enlisted him as an interpreter. After the war, Copes returned to British Columbia to complete his BA and MA degrees at the University of British Columbia. He had completed both by 1950 and subsequently enrolled in doctoral studies at the London School of Economics. He was awarded his PhD in 1956 and took an assistant professor appointment at Memorial University, Newfoundland the following year.
Herbert Grubel was born in Frankfurt, Germany in the 1930s. After completing his secondary education in what was then West Germany, Grubel immigrated to the United States to complete his post-secondary studies. He received his BA from Rutgers University in 1958, and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1962. Before Grubel joined Simon Fraser University as an associate professor in 1972, he held appointments at Stanford, Yale, the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. By 1980, he was one of the most senior members of SFU’s Economics department.
Peter Kennedy received his BA with Honours in Mathematics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1965. He then completed doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and earned his Ph.D. in 1968. He joined Simon Fraser University’s Department of Economics and Commerce the same year. Kennedy spent his career at SFU teaching econometrics, the application of mathematical, statistical, or computer science methods to economic data. His textbooks, A Guide to Econometrics and Macroeconomic Essentials, are atill in print and well-regarded by the scholarly community.
Richard Lipsey was born in Victoria, BC in 1928. In 1947, alongside war veterans, he attended Victoria College, a 2-year college precursor to the University of Victoria which was affiliated with the University of British Columbia. Lipsey discovered his passion for Economics in his second year at Victoria College after enrolling in an introductory economics course. Completing the remainder of his undergraduate education at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, he completed his BA in Economics in 1951.
Born in 1913, John Matthews had an unconventional academic career. Matthews worked as a professional accountant in the 1930s until 1940 when he was conscripted into the British army to serve in the Second World War. From 1947 to 1958 he was a lecturer in Accounting at Kingston Technical College in Surrey, England. In 1948 he was made a fellow of the Institute of Charter Accountants. In 1957, Matthews completed is post-secondary education, earning his B.Sc. in Economics from the University of London and in 1958, Matthews left Great Britain to become a lecturer in Accounting and Business Administration at the University of Hong Kong.
Kenji Okuda was born in Seattle, 1922. He earned his BA in Economics from Oberlin College, Ohio in 1945, his MA from Harvard, and his Ph.D from Washington State University. Before joining SFU’s department of Economics in 1966, he taught at several small liberal arts colleges (including Bard College in New York), at the University of Puerto Rico, and at various other institutions in South East Asia.
Okuda’s early academic life was drastically affected when Japanese military bombed Pearl Harbour in December, 1941. Okuda, whose mother and father had emigrated to America from Japan, was a second-year undergraduate student at University of Washington and when US President Roosevelt ordered the evacuation and relocation of over 100 000 people of Japanese ancestry in the Spring and Summer of 1942.
Kenneth Strand grew up in Yakima, Washington and received his BA in Economics at the University of Washington. Strand worked for a large construction company in the private sector before pursuing postgraduate studies. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. In the 1960s, Strand worked Paris as an economist for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In 1966, he joined Simon Fraser University’s Department of Economics and Commerce to teach and research labour economics.