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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Elinor Ostrom, an Indiana University professor of political science and the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics, died Tuesday at age 78.

Ostrom died of cancer Tuesday morning at IU Health Bloomington Hospital, university spokesman Steve Hinnefeld said. He said the school was informed of Ostrom's death by her longtime friend and colleague, Michael McGinnis, a professor of political science at IU.

Ostrom shared the 2009 Nobel Prize for economics with Oliver Williamson from the University of California, Berkeley. They were honored for analyzing the rules by which people exercise authority in companies and economic systems.

Ostrom had been an Indiana University faculty member since 1965.

"Indiana University has lost an irreplaceable and magnificent treasure with the passing of Elinor Ostrom," IU President Michael McRobbie said in a statement. "Throughout her lifetime, Lin has brought distinction to the un iversity though her groundbreaking work, which received the ultimate recognition in 2009."

Through her research, Ostrom demonstrated how common resources - forests, fisheries, oil fields or grazing lands - can be managed successfully by the people who use them, rather than by governments or private companies.

"What we have ignored is what citizens can do and the importance of real involvement of the people involved - versus just having somebody in Washington ... make a rule," Ostrom said the day her Noble Prize was announced.

She said some people had discouraged her from seeking a doctoral degree when she applied for graduate school, but that she loved studying economics.

She is survived by her husband, Vincent Ostrom, a retired political science professor with whom she founded IU's Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.

The university said Ostrom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2011. Nonetheless, following her diagnosis s he traveled to India and Mexico, and taught a graduate seminar, the university said.

Ostrom was born and grew up in Los Angeles, and she studied at UCLA. She graduated in three years then worked in the private sector before entering graduate school and receiving master's and doctoral degree in political science from UCLA.

She moved to Indiana when her husband was hired for the political science faculty. She was at first hired by the university, she said, because the political science department needed someone to teach a 7:30 a.m. class.


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Published in The Columbian on Jun. 12, 2012.
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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January 31, 2013
Peace be with you.
Deborah
July 5, 2012
To meet Lin, to learn from her, to share projects and ideas, to benefit from her generosity and wisdom is certaingly one of the biggest gifts I have received from life, Thanks so so much dearest Lin- Leticia Merrino
June 16, 2012
To the Ostrom Family What an amazing life to live. As I read her story I thought the average person will not get to do and see what she has. God's word help us to appreciate at 1 Cor. 2:9 that "Our eyes have not seen and our ears have not heard. . .what God has prepare for those who love him. My sincere condolences to you. what a wonderful prospect to have in the future.
June 16, 2012
May God comfort you in your time of grief.
She was a great blessing in all she has done and her smiles will be missed.
Joanne Mayfield
June 16, 2012
I would like to express my condolences to the Ostrom family. May "The God of all comfort" bring your family peace during this time. 2 Cor.1:3
M. Williams
June 15, 2012
beemer
June 15, 2012
"May her soul rest in Peace!"
Kunjan Bhakta Shrestha
June 15, 2012
May God shine his light on his angel.
Loucinda Pickering
June 15, 2012
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.-John 14:18
May God's gentle peace fill your heart
and comfort your ...soul today and in the days to come,

Green, L.-W.P.Bch., FLA 33407
June 15, 2012
To the family of Elinor Ostrom please except my condolences.

May you find comfort in praying to God who is the source of life. (Psalm 36:9)

JRWS
June 15, 2012
My sincere condolences to the family. It is hard to lose someone close to us.
But please know that God does not forget our loved ones or us as we have to cope with this loss. We are encouraged to throw all our anxieties upon him because he cares for you".
1 Pet 5:7)
June 14, 2012
To the family of Elinor Ostrom my heartfelt condolences for your loss, and as you grieve, may God the hearer of prayer help you to endure this trying time and grant you peace as spoken of at Psalm 65:2
PJ G
June 13, 2012
I remember Lynn as a neat gal who I enjoyed her company and friendship in several classes and clubs in High School. When I heard she had won a Nobel prize, I called & emailed her to congratulate her. She was a very special lady. She will be missed.
Jeanne Laye
June 13, 2012
I was her student & worked for her as a research associate in the early 1970's as well. She was a role model & influences my thought still. Never a surprise that she won the Nobel, even then she brought grant money to IU. I worked as a team leader in St. Louis in 1972 & the interdisciplinary nature of our work, plus her concepts of govt and people cooperating for the common good have been my tools in every group I have ever been a part of. These concepts work!
Patti Oldham Pinkley
June 13, 2012
A truly remarkable woman has been lost to the world. I did not know her personally but she mentored my nephew David Schwab throughout his graduate studies. He talked frequently of her valuable assistance and friendship offered. My condolences to her family, friends and acquaintances on their loss.
Carole Reedy
June 13, 2012
Jane Dowling
June 13, 2012
FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF ELINOR OSTROM:
MAY YOU HAVE COMFORT IN JOHN 14: 1-3.
YOU HAVE LOST A TRUE GEM THAT WAS BELOVED BY MANY! FOREVER SHE WILL BE IN OUR MEMORIES OF ONES THAT ARE DEAR TO "THE FAMILY OF HISTORY OF FRISTS!"
SINCERE PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY,
BRENDA HARRELL
Brenda Harrell
June 12, 2012
To the family of Elinor Ostrom. I offer my sincere simpothy. It is hard to lose our loved ones. I became familiar with Bloomington, In. in the early 1960 as I wrote to a penpal from there. If any one from Bloomington area would like to see if they can help me find this person, I would like to here from you. My E-mail is Normanw@pdqx.net. Thank you.
Norman Walker
June 12, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 12, 2012
To the the family of Elinor Ostrom - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that she will be missed by many.
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