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I feel lucky to have met her.

Here's my brief obit.

A great loss to the world of ideas. RIP

She was a wonderful person, besides being a true scholar and champion of freedom.

Sudha was the guest of honor at our first Hayek Memorial Pot Luck Dinner. She suffered through a spontaneously ordered dinner of lamb, macaroni and cheese, and taco bell, and we had a blast with her.

I'm shocked...I had no idea she was so ill. Sudha was indeed "old school" in the good sense of the term: learned and precise in her language, fierce and indomitable in argument, but always willing to listen. She often called herself as a "Buddhist Whig," a description that I personally liked a lot. She took her work and classical liberalism (and her Buddhism) deeply seriously, but was also warm-hearted, fun to be around, and had a hearty laugh. I always felt uplifted when I saw her and now I'll miss her very, very much.


I met Sudha when she sat at our table at an Austrian Scholars Conference in Auburn. She was dressed in typical Indian attire. She was deeply engaging and, at the same time, fun. Later during that conference, I heard her lecture dealing with capital structure.

She captured my interest and when I got back home I "googled" and read some of her work and things about her life.

It is indeed sad to learn of her passing. I imagine that she would have been a wonderful person to know.

I remember Sudha Shenoy way back to the Austrian revival conference at South Royalton more than thirty years ago. She was a fine human being: kind, funny, smart. She was also a very well-informed libertarian. She knew the tradition well and understood that it goes way beyond the narrowly economic domain. She understood the great threat to liberty inherent in war -- whether in Iraq or in the "war on terror." She was an excellent economic historian who had much to teach Austrian economists. I wish I had kept in better contact with her in recent years. But I will always remember her with great affection.

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