Henry Manne sent along this tribute to our mutual friend Michael P. Dooley, who passed way this week, and kindly authorized me to post it:
I suspect that your relationship with Mike was a lot like mine with Armen Alchian. In each case they really got us started on a serious intellectual journey. My own relationship with Mike was a delight from its beginning when he showed up with a large U Va contingent at one of the summer programs in economics for law professors. From day one of that program, Mike was, I believe, hooked on the significance of economics for legal studies, and his earliest work reflects that keen understanding. I mention that because such an approach already indicated a degree of intellectual integrity and indeed braveness that few law professors at that time would exhibit. But his integrity in this regard became a part of a “grand awakening” of the intellectual life of the U Va Law School, and I know that he was a leader in making that school the powerhouse that it became. Over the years, I always looked forward to my infrequent but happy meetings with Mike, and, for a long time, his work in corporations, while distinctively his own, was that rarity, scholarship that took my work very seriously. I am sure that he died with the satisfaction of knowing that we won that intellectual battle and that it was a fight worth waging. RIP, Mike.
Mike was the man who put my feet on the path my intellectual journey has followed, but I should also gratefully acknowledge the huge role Henry has played in that journey, even when the directions I followed did not always please him, he remains--along with Mike--the standard of excellence to which I aspire.