Woody Studenmund

Woody is an economics professor at Occidental College in Southern California, where he lives with Jaynie, his wife of 36 years.  Their daughter Connell will graduate from Dartmouth this June, and his son Brent lives in Seattle, where he is a chef and culinary arts instructor.  On June 9, 2014, Woody and Jaynie’s son Scott, a Green Beret Staff Sergeant, was killed in combat in Afghanistan.  Scott’s death has had a profound impact on the entire family.

At Hamilton, Woody was an economics major who was a member of Gryphon and Phi Beta Kappa.  A four-year track letterman, he was part of teams that set school records in the 440 relay and mile relay and set field house records in the mile relay at Amherst and Union.  An avid musician, Woody sang in the College Choir at Hamilton and has continued to sing all his life, including concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen and Zubin Mehta.  

After graduation, he earned his PhD in economics at Cornell University, where he founded and ran on the Cornell grad track club with Drew Ramsey.  During their time at Cornell, Drew and Woody won and medaled in such meets as the Penn Relays and the Quantico Relays.  Woody is happy to report that, after decades of egregious omission, Hamilton has agreed to return Drew’s 220, 440, and mile relay performances to their rightful status as official college records.  

During Woody’s 46 years at Occidental, he has played a number of roles, including Dean of Admission & Financial Aid and Vice President for Student Services.  His main focus, however, has been the economics department and his love of teaching.  His book, Using Econometrics, is the #1-selling econometrics textbook at US liberal arts colleges and has been called “one of the most important new texts of the last 30 years.”  For fun, Woody loves reading, hiking, baseball, the beach, coaching, and anything involving Napa cabernet. 

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