George J. Viksnins, Georgetown professor

January 1, 2013

George J. Viksnins, 75, a professor emeritus of economics at Georgetown University, died Dec. 16 at his home in Washington. He had complications from lung cancer.

His daughter Helen Viksnins confirmed the death.

Dr. Viksnins received a doctorate in economics from Georgetown in 1964 and then joined the faculty. He retired in 2003 and continued to teach courses.

He did consulting work for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the International Monetary Fund. He also was an adviser on currency reform to the Bank of Latvia, in his native country.

Juris Viksnins was born in Riga and at 6 fled with his family during World War II to spend many years in a succession of displaced persons camps in Europe. The family settled in the Philadelphia area after the war, and Juris later changed his first name after becoming a U.S. citizen as a young man.

He was a 1959 economics graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia and received a master’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960.

He received an award from the Fund for American Studies, a group that promotes free-market economies.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Mara Karulis Viksnins of Washington; four children, Helen Viksnins and Ingrid Embree, both of Washington, Peter A. Viksnins of Reston and Brigit Viksnins of Silver Spring; a sister; a brother; and seven grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein