Nov. 1933 — Oct. 9, 2013
William Eric Gustafson, 79, award-winning teacher of introductory economics at UC Davis for almost three decades, died after a long decline on Oct. 9, 2013. Born in Springfield, Mass., in November 1933 to Alton and Maude Bosworth Gustafson, the eldest of three sons, Eric was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Williams College and Harvard University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Economics.
Eric’s interest in development economics led to four residential years in Pakistan and India, primarily with the Institute of Development Economics, between 1963 and 1974. During those same years, his family grew by three sons and a daughter. Their mother is Elizabeth Boardman of Davis. Eric is survived by his brother, Tom Gustafson (Diana Morgan); his children Richard Gustafson, Rustom Gustafson (Lesa Erecius), Nicholas Gustafson (Debbie Lee) and Sylvia Mushili (Bupe Mushili); seven grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Eric became a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1960.
A memorial service will be hosted by the Davis Friends Meeting, 345 L St. (at the corner of Fourth Street) at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23.