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In Memoriam: Molly Macauley

Jul 9, 2016 | Peter Nelson
Molly Macauley

Our beloved colleague Molly Macauley died on Friday night. For all of us at RFF this is devastating and an incredible shock. Molly was a respected, path-breaking economist, an esteemed leader, whip-smart, and profoundly kind.

Below is an excerpt of the email RFF’s interim President Linda J. Fisher sent to the staff Saturday afternoon.

To the RFF family,

I am heartbroken to let you know that Molly Macauley died last night.  She was fatally attacked by an unknown assailant around 11pm while she was walking her dogs near her home in Baltimore.

This is an incredible tragedy and words fail. Molly was a beloved colleague. Anyone who worked with her over the years can no doubt recall many moments of remarkable personal kindness and support. She deeply loved coming into RFF and giving her all to make it a better place, all the while working and laughing with her colleagues. She admired you all immensely.