LISD Faculty Associate Uwe Reinhardt Dies at Age 80

Uwe Reinhardt, the James Madison Professor of Political Economy and professor of economics and public affairs at the University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a long-standing Faculty Associate of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, passed away on November 13, 2017, following an illness. He was 80 years old.

Recognized as one of the United States’ leading authorities on healthcare economics and on the US healthcare system, Reinhardt had been teaching at Princeton University since 1968. He was a former president of the Association of Health Services Research, and also served as a commissioner on the Physician Payment Review Committee from 1986 to 1995, which was established by the U.S. Congress to advise it on issues related to physician payment now part of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Reinhardt also advised the National Council on Health Care Technology of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now the Department of Health and Human Services) as well as the Special Advisory Board of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Advisory Board of the Agency for Health Care Quality and Research, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Since 2010, he served on the Medicare Technical Advisory Panel of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services at DHHS, which advises the chief actuary of Medicare on making long-range forecasts of health spending in Medicare. Reinhardt also served on various advisory panels of the VA and was a member of the National Academy of Medicine, on whose governing council he served in the 1980s.

Prof. Reinhardt participated in numerous initiatives and programs from the inception of the Liechtenstein Initiative at Princeton University, in 1995, onwards. He was particularly interested in LISD Founding Director Wolfgang Danspeckgruber’s teaching in diplomacy, LISD’s work on the Balkans and the Caucasus, and its Program on Afghanistan and the Region. His special interest in LISD’s work on Afghanistan was connected to his son Mark’s service in the U.S. Special Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, during which service he sustained serious injuries.

Danspeckgruber fondly remembers Reinhardt as, “a wonderful, brilliant, witty, perceptive person, a highly gifted teacher, educator and graphical teaching materials developer, and a certainly a brilliant economist with an ever-inquisitive mind.” Further, Danspeckgruber adds, “Uwe was a loving and caring father, husband, and citizen who had a deep sense of justice and humanism. He was a special colleague and friend who will be very missed.”

The Woodrow Wilson School will be holding a memorial reception for Professor Reinhardt on Monday, November 20, at 4:30 pm in the Bernstein Gallery. Further details about memorial services for the University community are forthcoming. For more about Professor Reinhardt's life and career, visit the Woodrow Wilson School's website.