Each of us cherish our exposure to those who played a major role in our education. Here are my top three:
Ralph Blodgett Economics Professor (Ph.D. Committee)
Rufus Issacs Mathematician (Supervisor)
Allan Schmid Institutional Economist (Co-worker)
NB The above list is a result of questions asked by reporters as to the most influential educational figures in my career. It is a question that all of our readers might want to address. In addition, you often know where a person is coming from if you know where he or she has been; full disclosures such as the above are often more significant than identifying the types of degrees conferred on an individual.