Werner Z. Hirsch

UCLA economist

Werner Z. Hirsch, 89, a UCLA economist whose work led to the first textbook on the economics of state and local governments, died July 10 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Los Angeles.


Hirsch joined UCLA in 1963 as an economics professor and founding director of the school’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He also worked with Rand Corp. to develop a new planning and budgeting system that was used by the Defense Department and some state and local governments.

He retired in 1990 but continued to teach undergraduates.

“Werner Hirsch was a national expert on state and local finance, the use of outsourcing and contracting by governments, and educational policy,” said professor emeritus Daniel J.B. Mitchell, a former UCLA colleague and collaborator.

Hirsch was born June 10, 1920, in Linz, Germany. His family fled the country in 1936 to live in what is now Israel. He immigrated to the United States in 1946 and enrolled at UC Berkeley, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1947 and a doctorate in economics in 1949. He started working in Berkeley’s economics department in 1949, and joined the Brookings Institution in 1952 and Washington University in St. Louis in 1953.

Armando del Moral, a Spanish-language journalist who was a member of the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Assn. and helped establish the Golden Globes, died July 21 of natural causes in North Hollywood. He was 93.

Naomi Sims, the first black fashion model to appear on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal, died Saturday of cancer in Newark, N.J. She was 61. After modeling, Sims launched her own wig-making business geared toward black women. It became a multimillion-dollar beauty company.

Jim Ingram, a retired FBI agent who investigated Ku Klux Klan killings and violent acts across Mississippi in the 1960s, died of pancreatic cancer Sunday at a Jackson, Miss., hospice. He was 77. Ingram worked on many high-profile cases, including the “Mississippi Burning” slayings of civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman in June 1964.


-- times staff and wire reports