Seasons of a Scholar
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Seasons of a Scholar

Some Personal Reflections of an International Business Economist

John H. Dunning

In his perceptive and easily readable autobiography, John Dunning walks the reader through the four seasons of his professional and private life. With just the right touch of humour, he recounts his boyhood experience during the eventful days of the Second World War, his three-year spell in the Royal Navy, as well as his years as a student and research assistant at University College London. He then goes on to describe his times as teacher and researcher at Southampton, Reading and Rutgers Universities, and the origin and evolution of the Reading School of International Business scholarship.
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Chapter 8: The Reading Years: Family and Related Matters

John H. Dunning


Things were going extremely well for me in the mid-1960s. I had achieved, at a comparatively young age, a professorship at a prestigious UK university. I was given the challenge of building a new Department of Economics – and at a time when ample funding was available from the University Grants Committee.1 Together with four other professors and under the chairmanship of Victor Morgan, I was a partner in a newly formed London-based economic consultancy (Economists Advisory Group, EAG). I was deeply and happily involved in Hampshire church life, and an active lay preacher. For the first two years of my appointment at Reading, I commuted most days from Southampton. However, in 1966, Ida and I moved to a lovely new house in Henley, which we had built for us. If there was a cloud on our horizon it was that our son Philip was now severely mentally retarded, and there was little sign that he would ever have a mental age of more than two. In Oxfordshire we found what were reputed to be, at the time, the best daycare facilities for his needs. To begin with, Philip went each day to Borocourt Hospital near Henley just 5 miles away from his home. Later, he became a resident in the hospital for part of the week. But for all his physical and mental impediments, Philip was growing up as a loving and cheerful boy. Most important to us, he seemed contented in a world of his own, at least for...

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