MTSU Alum, Nobel Laureate James Buchanan Dead at 93

Jessica Goldenring contributed to this report.

Courtesy MTSU

Courtesy MTSU

A Nobel prize-winning alumnus of Middle Tennessee State University has died. James Buchanan was 93. The economist was born in Rutherford county and graduated the college in 1940.

Buchanan spoke at his alma mater after winning the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, saying his selection in 1986 was encouraging to many people:

“Here was Jim Buchanan, the country boy of Middle Tennessee, educated in the Rural Public Schools, a local public teacher’s college, who is not associated with an establishment university, who never shared the academic establishment with soft-left ideology, who’s worked in totally unorthodox subject matter with very old fashion tools of analysis. Here I was chosen by distinguished and a widely respected Swedish academic committee.”

A few years ago MTSU named its most prestigious academic award after Buchanan. He’s survived by two sisters and three nephews.

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