Senn, Peter R. 1923-2007 (Peter Richard Senn)

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Senn, Peter R. 1923-2007 (Peter Richard Senn)


See index for CA sketch: Born November 22, 1923, in Milwaukee, WI; died after a stroke, December 11, 2007, in Evanston, IL. Social scientist, economist, educator, and author. Senn's colleagues and family members remember him as a congenial, down-to-earth teacher who spent most of his career at the City Colleges of Chicago because he wanted to work with students for whom the Ivy League was out of reach. He taught economics and social science at Wright College for most of the years between 1952 and 1984. He wrote nearly a dozen books in his career but was best known for Social Science and Its Methods (1971). After retirement from teaching economics, Senn, who had been trained in electrical engineering by the U.S. Army during World War II, developed an interest in computer technology and the Internet. His last book was (as a coauthor) The Internet and Problem-Based Learning: Developing Solutions through the Web (2000). Senn's other books include Teaching Ethics in Labor Education (1962), Economics and the Idea of Mankind (1968), and Urban Economics (1977).



Chicago Tribune, December 17, 2007, sec. 3, p. 10.