Before his death at the age of 77, Marcus Alexis was one of the country’s most renowned economists. He earned his B.A. from Brooklyn College, and was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota. He taught at Northwestern University for 29 years, as well as acted as professor emeritus at the Kellogg School of Management. He was also an integral and highly influential founding member and inaugural chair of the National Economics Association.