Editor's Note: A previous version of this article misspelled Steve Horwitz's last name. It has since been corrected.
Steve Horwitz, Ball State distinguished professor of free enterprise in the Department of Economics, died the morning of June 27.
His fellow faculty member Michael Hicks, director of Ball State's Center for Business and Economic Research, posted a Tweet sharing his condolences to Horwitz's family.
"[Horwitz] possessed a strong intellect which he shared generously — a caring mentor and colleague, with passion for ideas and his loving family," Hicks said. "Condolences to Sarah and his children. May his memory be a blessing."
A university press release from June 30 said Horwitz had battled multiple myeloma cancer for nearly four years.
A private family service was held in Farmington Hills, Michigan, for Horwitz's family June 30, the press release said, and a public celebration of his life will be scheduled in Indianapolis later this summer.
Todd Nesbit, assistant professor of free enterprise and entrepreneurial economics, said the Institute for the Study of Political Economy — which Horwitz directed in the Miller College of Business — will continue to expand its research in Horwitz's honor.
"Steve was an extraordinary economics scholar and researcher, but he would tell you he was a teacher first," Nesbit said in the press release. "He loved teaching and was eagerly anticipating the return of students to campus this fall. Steve inspired us with his positivity about how exploring ideas can bring about prosperity for all. He was particularly interested in seeking how best to empower those who have been historically marginalized."