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Greetings AFEE colleagues -  


I thought this would be an appropriate place to share news of Harry’s passing. I greatly appreciated his support over the years, and know AFEE lost a good friend yesterday.


Eric Hake  




September 14, 1926 to August 15, 2019


Dear Family and Friends:


We are sorry to inform you that our father, Harry Trebing, died on Thursday, August 15, 2019.  He passed away peacefully in his sleep, with our mother, his beloved Joyce, at his side (as always) along with us, his grandchildren and dedicated caregivers.  He died in Washington, D.C., where he had been living in an assisted care center.  The cause of death was Multiple Myeloma. 


Mom and Dad had just celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on June 28th.  His passing leaves a void impossible to fill.  Whether discussing public utility regulation, the more nuanced aspects of Wagner’s operas, the pending restoration of his beloved Dodge Brothers sedan or another equally diverse – yet fascinating – topic, his good humor and dedication to family and friends transcended all things.  We can take great comfort in knowing the world is a much more interesting place because of him.


Several years ago, his great friend, the late Dr. David Schwartz, wrote a marvelously heartfelt testimonial to Dad, celebrating their friendship that spanned more than half a century.  You may already have it, but we thought it would be a nice remembrance so we have included it here.  It’s called “Crossing the Rubicon with Harry Trebing.”


Dad will be buried in the family gravesite in Baltimore, with a small private service at the cemetery.  Please, no flowers.  We ask only that you remember Dad and Mom in your thoughts and prayers.


Mom is doing well under the circumstances.  Her health is quite good, but dementia is taking its toll on her memory but not her wonderfully upbeat spirit.  She will be 92 on August 23rd.  Her address is:


Joyce C. Trebing

5901 MacArthur Blvd., Apartment 366

Washington, DC 20016


Beyond family and friends, Dad’s life was dedicated to education.  Years ago, we set up a scholarship in Economics to honor both Mom and Dad and to support students following the path that was so important to him (and to many of you, too).  If you would like to make a memorial contribution, it may be sent to the Harry M. and Joyce C. Trebing Scholarship at Michigan State University.  A check made payable to “Michigan State University” (which includes the name of the scholarship on the memo line) can be mailed to:


Michigan State University

University Advancement

535 Chestnut Road, Room 300

East Lansing, MI 48824


Memorial contributions can also be made online by following the link below and typing the name of the scholarship in the “areas to support box.”


Dad – who never learned to use a computer – would roll his eyes at something like that, and hand it off to Mom!


Thank you for being part of Dad’s life.  You made it truly a memorable mosaic.




David Trebing                                                             Evan and Jody Trebing

3900 Cathedral Avenue NW, #802A                       9301 Ashmead Drive

Washington, DC 20016                                              Fairfax, VA 22032

(313) 683-1586                                                           (202) 256-1989

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Eric R. Hake

Dean, Ralph W. Ketner School of Business
Elias B. Saleeby Professor of Business
Secretary-Treasurer, Association For Evolutionary Economics
Faculty Advisor, SMIF

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Dear Family and Friends:


I wanted to let you know that our wonderful father, Harry Trebing, died peacefully yesterday in Washington, DC.  Evan, Jody and I have attached a letter to you, a copy of his obituary that will be placed in the papers, and a marvelous article written several years ago by his great friend, Dave Schwartz.


Please feel free to forward this to his many friends and colleagues.


Kind regards / Mit freundlichen Grüßen,


General Manager - State and Local Relations
Daimler North America Corporation

800 Maine Avenue SW

Suite 625

Washington, DC 20024

Telephone: (202) 649-4504
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