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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ralph Smeed (1921-2010)


Ralph Smeed, long-time friend of FEE and a former trustee, has died at the age of 88.  Ralph was an indefatigable promoter of free-market ideas in Idaho and a nonstop booster of FEE beginning in the days of Leonard Read.

The obituary in the Idaho Statesman notes, “He co-founded the Center for the Study of Market Alternatives in Caldwell in the 1970s and spent decades preaching about thinkers including 18th-century Scottish economist Adam Smith and 19th-century French economist Frederic Bastiat.”

FEE president Lawrence Reed’s reminiscence of Ralph is here.

Our condolences to Ralph’s friends and family.


  • Sheldon Richman is the former editor of The Freeman and a contributor to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. He is the author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families and thousands of articles.