Michael J. Dueker
1963 - 2014 | Obituary | Condolences
Michael J. Dueker Obituary
Michael J. Dueker, born December 6, 1963, passed January 29, 2014. He was a
loving husband and father who was a guiding light in the daily lives of his
wife, Alicia and son, Markus. His family, friends and colleagues appreciated
his brilliant mind. He will be remembered as always being fun, kind, smart
and witty. He loved traveling, running and reading and was the master
scheduler of family activities. He will always be remembered and loved.
Mike graduated from Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, OR as Valedictorian
in 1982. He attended the University of Denver, Whitman College and graduated
from the University of Oregon in 1986 with a BA in Mathematics and Minor in
Spanish. He received his M.A., in Economics from Northwestern University in
1987, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington in 1991.
He was a Research Economist and Assistant Vice-President at the Federal
Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 1991-2008. In 2008 he joined Russell Investment as
Chief Economist for North America.
While with the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank he developed a model of U.S.
recessions that provided the basis for a business cycle index. As Chief
Economist for Russell Investments, Mike wrote for Russell's Market Outlook
publications, forecasting the business cycle and the target federal funds
rate. He developed and maintained a business cycle index published monthly on
Mike is survived by his wife, Alicia; his son, Markus; parents, Ken and Donna
Dueker; and sister, Michelle Carey.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:00am at
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 7112 S. 12th Street, Tacoma, WA 98465
with a reception to follow. In addition, a Life Celebration event will be
held on Saturday, February 22, 2014, location in Tacoma to be determined. In
lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Northwest
Parkinson's Foundation in memory of Michael Dueker in honor of Donna Dueker,
or to the United Way of Pierce County. Interment Calvary Cemetery.
Please leave online condolences at www.gaffneycares.com. Arrangements by
Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Bloomberg is reporting this morning that former Federal Reserve economist Mike Dueker was found dead in an apparent suicide near Tacoma, Washington.
Dueker, 50, a chief economist at Russell Investments, had been missing since Jan. 29 and was reportedly having troubles at work.
Normally HousingWire wouldn’t cover deaths in the industry, but what’s strange is that Dueker is the third prominent banker found dead since Sunday
Mike Dueker, the chief economist at Russell Investments, fell down a 50 foot
embankment in what police are describing as a suicide. He was reported missing
on January 29, 2014 by friends, who said he had been “having problems at work.”
Mike Dueker, 50, who had worked for Russell Investment for five years, was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State. Dueker was reported missing on January 29, 2014. Police stated that he “could have” jumped over a fence and fallen 15 meters to his death, and are treating the case as a suicide.
Before joining Russell Investments, Dueker was an assistant vice president and research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis from 1991 to 2008. There he served as an associate editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics and was editor ofMonetary Trends, a monthly publication of the St. Louis Federal Reserve.
In November 2013, the New York Times reported that Russell Investments was one of several investment companies that were under subpoena from New York State regulators investigating potential “pay-to-play” schemes involving New York pension funds.