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Killough, Hugh B.

Hugh Baxter Killough (1892-1976), professor of economics, was born in Waco, Texas, on December 30, 1892. He graduated from Texas A and M in 1916, and after service as a lieutenant in the Air Service during World War I, he earned a master of science degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1920. He taught briefly at the University of Minnesota and was an economist with Michigan State College extension service before earning a Ph.D. degree at Columbia in 1925. He became assistant professor of economics at Brown in 1924, and was promoted to associate professor in 1927 and professor in 1931. He wrote two books, Raw Materials of Industrialism in 1929 and Economics of International Trade in 1948, with his wife, who was a professor of economics at Wellesley College. He took several leaves of absence from Brown for government service. In 1943-44 he was an economist with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. From 1944 to 1946 he was chief of the Employment and Occupational Outlook Branch of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 1950-51 he was an economist with the Economic Cooperation Administration in Taiwan, and in 1952 he conducted a study of economic and political conditions in Indonesia. He was chairman of the Department of Economics from 1953 to 1957 and retired in 1959. He died on December 13, 1976 in Stuart, Florida.