Retiring Professor Profile: Stephen Casler

By ALEX HOLMES
Co-Features Editor
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How long have you been at Allegheny?

33 years

 

Where did you go to college?

Undergraduate at University of Massachusetts, graduate school at University of Illinois.

 

Where is your hometown?

Hopkinton, Massachusetts, where the Boston Marathon starts.

 

What have you done research on?

Optimal use of capital and labor in the economy.

 

What are your plans for retirement?

Get rid of my alarm clock, during the summer sailing and kayaking, some home improvement, revising two books and travel.

 

Who has been the most important person in your life? Why?

My parents– all four of them.

 

What are you most proud of in your life?

That the students accepted me here.

 

How would you like to be remembered?

Memory at a college lasts about three years, but I hope former years think back occasionally about something we worked on together.

 

What would your perfect day look like?

A little bit of everything. Wake up without an alarm clock, engage in an intellectual activity like reading and take a walk.

 

What are your hobbies?

Walking. swimming, boating, playing the piano.

 

If you had $1,000,000 what would you do?

I’m content with all I have now.

 

What advice would you give students?

Study hard, think about the future, don’t procrastinate and go into a field where you find enjoyment for life. Find a job that doesn’t feel like a job.

 

Where have you travelled?

Europe, South America and Puerto Rico when I was in the navy.

 

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

Back to Europe.

 

What was your dream job as a kid?

Fireman. Or a lifeguard, but I was one.