Dudley Dillard, former chairman of the economics department at the University of Maryland in College Park, died Wednesday at Leland Memorial Hospital in Riverdale after a heart attack.
Dr. Dillard, who was 77 and lived in University Park, became professor emeritus in 1984 and continued to teach until his complete retirement in December. He served as chairman of the economics department from 1952 until 1975, then from 1976 and 1977 served as provost of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
An expert on Keynesian economics, he joined the Maryland faculty in 1942 after teaching at Columbia University, and in 1948 he published "The Economics of John Maynard Keynes," which was translated into 12 languages.
His writings included another book on the economic history of the countries surrounding the North Atlantic Ocean.
At the university, he served as chairman of the Faculty Assembly, president of the Faculty Club, and president of the campus chapters of the American Association of University Professors and of Phi Beta Kappa.
He also belonged to the Campus Senate and the President's Club.
A member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, he also served as president of several professional groups, including the Southern Economic Association, the Association for Evolutionary Economics and most recently the Eastern Economic Association.
The former vice president of the History of Economics Society was a former chairman of the United States Executive Board of the American College in Paris.
He was the 1986 winner of the Veblen-Commons Award of the Association for Evolutionary Economics.
A native of Ontario, Ore., Mr. Dillard was reared in California and was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, from which he also received his doctorate in 1940.
Dr. Dillard is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Louisa Gardner; two daughters, Lorraine D. Gray of University Park and Amber D. Kelly of Riverdale; a brother, Winston Dillard of California in St. Mary's County; three sisters, Myra Slade of Redwood City, Calif., Jean Keyser of San Jose, Calif., and Ruth Elwell of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and a grandson.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Memorial Chapel on the College Park campus.