Respected Economist Killed in Roland Park Stabbing Remembered as ‘Profoundly Kind’

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Molly Macauley (via RFF)
Molly Macauley (via RFF)

Throughout the Baltimore and DC area, there was an outpouring over the weekend for Molly Macauley who was killed in a Roland Park stabbing on Friday night. As Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab professor Charles L. Bennett put it to the JHU Hub, she was “exceptionally intelligent and also an exceptionally wonderful person.”

Police said the 59-year-old economist was stabbed while walking her dogs on University Parkway around 11 p.m. Friday night.

In a Facebook post, Roland Park Civic League President Ian MacFarlane said a ranking police official “believes this was a random act, which may be related to other nearby crimes. As such, they have a suspect in mind, but I note it is early in the investigation.” The suspect has been “known to wear a dark hoody with large Under Armour insignia with shrouded face, and blue jeans, 5’10” to 5’11” tall, and approximately 190 lbs.,” MarFarlane writes. Read the full post.

Macauley worked at DC-based think tank Resources for the Future, which released a statement describing her as “a respected, path-breaking economist, an esteemed leader, whip-smart, and profoundly kind.”

“This is an incredible tragedy and words fail. Molly was a beloved colleague,” the organization’s interim president, Linda J. Fisher, wrote in a message to the staff. “Anyone who worked with her over the years can no doubt recall many moments of remarkable personal kindness and support. She deeply loved coming into RFF and giving her all to make it a better place, all the while working and laughing with her colleagues.”

Macauley earned a doctorate and master’s degree at Johns Hopkins, and went on to become a longtime visiting professor at the North Baltimore university. She loved Baltimore and continued to live in the city while commuting to the think tank in DC. An animal lover, she adopted the two dogs that were with her when she was apparently attacked, according to WJZ-TV.

Serving as Vice President for Research and a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future, she applied her economics expertise to a variety of areas. An article in SpacePolicyOnline said she was “one of the few economists specializing in satellites and the space program generally.” She also wrote many papers on environmental issues, including oil spills, renewable energy and climate change. Most recently, she co-authored a paper on using drones to gather environmental data. 



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  1. Could this be a racial killing? There is no other apparent motive in this case. If someone knows of another motive please speak out.

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