Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
|The Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics was established by alumni, friends, colleagues, and family in memory of Daniel Ounjian, an esteemed professor of economics at Tufts for thirty-one years. The award is given annually to a junior economics major who, in the judgment of the Department of Economics, should be encouraged to pursue graduate studies in economics and whose contributions to the Tufts community reflect the loyalty and commitment which his students and peers appreciated in Daniel Ounjian.|
Daniel Ounjian was born June 5, 1929, to Armenian immigrants, Mihran and Armenouhie Ounjian. After serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a Russian linguist and crypto-analyst, he studied economics at Tufts and graduated cum laude in 1957. In 1962 he returned to Tufts as instructor of economics, and in 1965 became assistant professor. The following year he received a doctorate from Harvard. In 1968, he was promoted to associate professor, and in 1975, to full professor. His specialties were public financing and investment banking. His first love was always the classroom and the relationships he established with his students. In 1975 he received the Seymour Oliver Simches Award for Distinguished Teaching and Service to the University. He was deputy chair of the Economics Department for eight years, acting chair for two years, and chair for eleven years. He died December 31, 1993, after a long battle with cancer.
Source: BTU [Arts and Sciences/Engineering]; 100H