John E. DiNardo died on August 26 at the age of 56. While his field was economics and his appointment was in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, DiNardo was a fixture at the Law School. He was an adjunct professor in the Program in Law and Economics and known for his standing offers to help with statistical or econometric questions of any kind. He was passionate about his work and shared his expertise generously.
DiNardo came to Ann Arbor in 2001 after serving on the faculty at the University of California, Irvine, but he was Michigan born and bred. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan before receiving his PhD from Princeton University. His areas of expertise included economics, public policy, applied econometrics, labor economics, and political science.
He is, however, best known for his contributions to applied econometric methods. He was a prolific writer but always made time for his students and colleagues as a sought-after mentor and collaborator. In his spare time, he enjoyed music and was a founding member of the Solonators, a local economics rock band. He also was a huge fan of the Harry Potter books, demonstrating his dedication by reading them in three different languages.
DiNardo met his wife, Jean Elizabeth Wohlever, at Princeton. They had been married for 22 years at the time of his passing. In true DiNardo style, in lieu of flowers, friends and family were asked to donate to the ACLU. His love of life could be seen in the passion he felt for his family, his students, his peers, his hobbies, and his many causes.