It is with great sadness that I have learned in the last 24 hours that an old friend, Walter Allan, died last Friday. A Scottish graduate in economics, Walter not only went on to work with the publishing house MacMillan as a commissioning edtior but in the early 1990s he served as the Editorial Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs.
In recent years I understand that he divided his time between his wife Eunice in Manchester, teaching commitments at the Cass Business School in London, and the writing of numerous economics and business studies textbooks.
A driven and natural teacher, writer and raconteur, “Wal” as he was known to his friends, was also one of the funniest people you could ever have the pleasure of working with. Mindful of his larger than life character, his outrageous humour and his sheer sense of life, I and many other free marketeers will miss him greatly. Walter Allan, rest in peace.