The advisory board, faculty, and staff of Roosevelt House mourn the passing of our beloved longtime advisor and generous benefactor, Hunter College alumna Dr. Anita Arrow Summers (’45). A well-known economist and Wharton School Professor, Dr. Summers graced many alumni reunions, provided much-valued expertise on forging the original Roosevelt House public policy curriculum, and funded faculty research, student fellowships, preservation of our landmark building, and programming for students and the general public. A vital part of Roosevelt House for many years, she will be sorely missed.
Below is an “In Memoriam” notice published in the New York Times on October 25.
SUMMERS–Anita Arrow. Hunter College deeply mourns the passing of distinguished alumna Anita Summers ’45, a major presence at alumni reunions and campus events. Anita helped envision and launch Hunter’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute and supported and encouraged rigorous student research in the field. A renowned economist and Wharton School professor, she brought rigor to our programs and inspiration to our work. Our condolences go to Rick, John, and Larry Summers and their families.
– Cathy Weinroth, Chair, Hunter College Foundation, Ann Kirschner, Hunter College President, Jennifer J. Raab, President Emerita Harold Holzer, Roosevelt House Director
Read the article published by the New York Times on October 26, 2023 “Anita A. Summers, Economist, Dies at 98; Brought Rigor to Public Policy.”