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Mosbacher Institute Namesake Dies in Houston

January 26, 2010

Robert A. Mosbacher, namesake of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, has died in Houston after a protracted bout with pancreatic cancer.

A longtime friend and colleague of President George H. W. Bush, Mosbacher served as Secretary of Commerce from 1989 to 1992, and had a long and distinguished career in public service. During his time as secretary, Mr. Mosbacher was a key architect of the North American Free Trade Association and a strong advocate for free and fair trade.

The Board of Regents created the Mosbacher Institute in September 2009 to enhance the Bush School’s ability to focus on those crucial issues and to enable faculty, students, and visiting fellows to explore contemporary issues in trade and economic policy.

Dr. James Griffin, head of the Mosbacher Institute noted that the Institute’s programs help students to better understand how trade and economics fit into the larger public policy arena. 

“This institute is a living tribute to the values Robert Mosbacher believed in so passionately,” Griffin said. 

A celebration of Bob Mosbacher’s life is to be conducted at ten o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 27th of January, at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Mosbacher Institute. Information regarding donations can be found on the Bush School website at

For additional information, contact:
Susan Robertson
Director of Communications and External Relations, Bush School
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