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Ralph S. O’Connor Professorship in Economics

Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Established in 2016 by Ralph S. O'Connor

Houston entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist RALPH S. O’CONNOR graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1951 with a biology degree. After graduation, Mr. O’Connor headed for Texas and by 1964 he was president of Highland Oil, and later chairman, president, and CEO of Highland’s successor, HRI resources. In 1987 he formed the Ralph S. O’Connor & Associates investment firm, of which he was chairman and CEO.

Mr. O’Connor and his wife Becky have had a long history of supporting Johns Hopkins – one that has continued even after his passing in 2019. He was a University trustee, a Presidential Counselor, and the recipient of the University President’s Medal for exemplary service. He further served Johns Hopkins as a member of the Alumni Council and of his class’ 50th reunion gift committee. Mr. O’Connor’s exceptional generosity was instrumental in bringing about the 2002 construction, and recently announced planned major expansion of the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center at Homewood. He also established a sizable scholarship fund for undergraduates at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, along with two professorships in biology and economics which bear his name. Additionally, Mr. O’Connor was vital to the creation of the Walter J. Stark Chair in Ophthalmology in the School of Medicine. He later went on to create the Ralph S. O’Connor Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Fund that offers student-scholar-inventors the means to bring their fledgling ideas through design and development to commercialization.

Held by Brendan Daley

BRENDAN DALEY is the Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University. His research interests are in economic theory and finance, especially focusing on the role of information in markets. His current research program investigates the effect of information, such as that obtained from ratings or due diligence, on market prices, trade volume, and efficiency. In addition, his work investigates the consequences of informational frictions in an array of settings such as in entrepreneurship, education, and bilateral negotiations. Professor Daley received his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his PhD from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He has previously served on the faculty of the business schools at Duke University and the University of Colorado.