Aron J. Katsenelinboigen, 77, longtime senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, died July 30.
Born in Ukraine in 1927, Katsenelinboigen immigrated to the United States in 1973. In the Soviet Union, he was head of the Department of Complex Systems, Central Economic-Mathematical Institute, USSR Academy of Sciences.
When he came to the United States, he became a professor of economics at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, then a professor of social-science systems, and then professor of decision sciences.
Katsenelinboigen became a senior fellow of FPRI in 1986, and wrote and lectured for the institute on Soviet/Russian politics and economics.
His books and writings covered a range of topics, includ- ing Evolutionary Change: Toward a Systems Theory of Development and Maldevelopment (about, among other things, the etiology of cancer); A Conceptual Understanding of Beauty; and The Soviet Union: Empire, Nation and System.
Katsenelinboigen is survived by his wife, Gena Katsenelinboigen, and sons Alexander Katsenelinboigen and Gregory Katsenelinboigen.