Fred S. McChesney was the de la Cruz-Mentschikoff Endowed Chair in Law and Economics at the University of Miami. He was previously the Class of 1967/James B. Haddad Professor of Law and Professor of Management & Strategy at Northwestern University. He died Oct. 12, 2017, aged 68.
He received his BA from the College of the Holy Cross in 1970 and went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Miami in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1982. He practiced law in Washington, D.C., and then joined the Federal Trade Commission, where he was Associate Director for Policy and Evaluation. Prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern, he was Professor of Law at Cornell University (1997-99); and Robert T. Thompson Professor of Law and Business, as well as Professor of Economics, at Emory University (1983-97). He has also taught at the University of Chicago, and twice as professeur invité in the Diplôme d’Études Approfondies program at the Université d’Aix-Marseille III.