Dr. Thomas Kenneth Rymes (“T.K.”), Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at Carleton University, Ottawa died suddenly on Saturday May 14, 2011 at the age of 78. He was passionate about economics, his family and friends, tennis, bridge, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and lived life to the full despite having his activities curtailed in recent years by Parkinson’s disease.
T.K. was predeceased by his son John (Cindy Otterbein Lupili), and leaves his wife Elizabeth (Betsy), daughter Carolyn (Thomas Pedersen), son Paul (Jennifer Crocket), and grandchildren Jennifer and David Pedersen, Mackenzie, Wilford and Johnna Rymes, and Abraham Lupili, and his brother John and sister June Cooper.
Born in Toronto, Tom was educated primarily in Winnipeg and was a graduate of the University of Manitoba and McGill University. He spent time studying and teaching at McGill, Oxford, Cambridge (Wolfson College), Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, the Australian National University, and others. He came to Ottawa in 1958 to join the Central Research and Development Staff of the then Dominion Bureau of Statistics where he worked on national accounting. His work was recognized by membership in the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth and national accounting remained an interest throughout his life.
T.K. joined the Department of Economics at Carleton University in 1963 and devoted himself to the Department and the University throughout a long and satisfying career. His research interests and areas of expertise included capital theory, monetary and banking theory, the measurement of total factor productivity, the work of John Maynard Keynes, and the history of economic thought.
A celebration of T.K.’s life will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2011 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Carleton University Art Gallery. Friends who so choose may make a donation to the Thomas K. Rymes Memorial Fund for the Enrichment of the Economics Section of the Carleton University Library, the ALS Society of Canada, or a charity of their choice.