By Robin Jovanovich
Stuart L. Harshbarger, an economist, formerly of Rye, died on December 21, 2018 in Greenwich, Conn., at the age of 56. In 2008, the year he and his family moved to Rye from Chicago, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and was being treated at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
He grew up in Indianapolis, and, from 1977 through 1981, swam for the North Central High School Panthers under Coach William Powell. Throughout his life, he maintained that the lessons he learned from his swimming years at North Central defined much of his success in business, family, and community.
He later attended Indiana University, Bloomington for undergraduate studies, and completed his education at George Washington University, from which he received a Ph.D. in Economics in 1994.
As a Director and Partner at NERA Economic Consulting, he focused on the international tax and intellectual property needs of his global clientele, and directed hundreds of studies, reports, and disputes on a worldwide basis. Dr. Harshbarger was a testifying expert in economics before Federal and State courts. Prior to joining NERA, Dr. Harshbarger worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, DRI/McGraw-Hill, Argonne National Laboratory, the Washington Gas Light Company, and the US Department of Energy.
While he wrote many scholarly articles, he maintained that his best article was published in the LexisNexis Practical Guide to U.S. Transfer Pricing; he showed how arm?s-length executive compensation can be used to split the taxable income of multinational firms.
During his lifetime, Mr. Harshbarger remained active in a number of civic endeavors. He was the past vice president and program director of the National Economics Club in Washington D.C. And he was particularly proud of having established the Economics Alumni Advisory Committee at George Washington University, which joins business leaders and faculty to advance economics education. He considered his role in helping Church of the Resurrection create a course in Catholic theology as one of his most important community-based projects.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Anne Swiatek, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor; his son, Casimir Mark, a junior engineering student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and his daughter, Adele Rose, a freshman at Dartmouth College. He is also survived by his father and stepmother, Lynn and Sandra Harshbarger; his three brothers, Robert, Timothy, and Patrick; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins living throughout the U.S.
A funeral Mass was held at Church of the Resurrection on December 29, 2018, followed by a burial service in the old section of Greenwood Union Cemetery.
Donations in Stuart Harshbarger?s memory may be made to the scholarship he and other George Washington alumni established, the Economic Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund, and sent to: George Washington University, Attn: Meredith Fox, 2142 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20052.