School of Economics

A message from the Head of School, regarding the passing of Peter Vandome

The School of Economics is deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Peter Vandome, who served as Head of Department during the period 1983-86.

Professor Vandome had been a senior research officer at Oxford University's Institute of Economics and Statistics, before coming to Edinburgh as a senior lecturer in 1966 and being promoted to a personal chair the following year. While at Oxford he was involved with developing Laurence Klein's econometric model of the UK economy,

Professor Vandome became disillusioned with econometrics and, partly because of being asked to lecture on Capital and Growth theories, he turned to Marxism, teaching courses on that subject until his eventual retirement in 1995. He was also involved with the University Library and the local branch of the Association of University Teachers.

A keen ornithologist, in retirement he compiled an inventory of East Lothian birds’. 

Professor Vandome passed peacefully away on Tuesday 25 October, in the Royal Infirmary. He is survived by his wife Lorna, three sons, and several grandchildren. His family spent a lot of time with him in the weeks leading up to his death.

Professor Vandome’s funeral will be on Friday 18 November at the Pentland Chapel at Mortonhall Crematorium, at 3:30pm. The service will be simple and short, and afterwards there will be a reception at the Toby Carvery Liberton (near the entrance to the crematorium).

Professor Vandome’s family informed the School of Economics that all are welcome at the funeral.