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Richard V. Knight, former faculty

Richard V. Knight, 81, died on June 27, 2017 in a freak accident on his beloved farm in Huntsburg, OH.

He was born the son of Harold and Dorothy Liversedge Knight on November 17, 1935 at Upminster/Hornchurch, Essex, England. His family came to the United States during World War II and lived in Washington, DC and Larchmont, NY. He received his first degree at Tufts University, his master's degree at Columbia, and his Doctorate in Economics at the London School of Economics. His dissertation proved to be a groundbreaking work in the field of knowledge-based cities. He authored or co-authored several books on the subject, including Cities in a Global Society and Suburbanization and the City. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, he put forth the idea that globalization was pressing a new "global consciousness" upon people, yielding more globally responsible cities.

In the 1980s, in Irvine, California, the editors of the former Center for Innovative Diplomacy's Bulletin of Municipal Foreign Policy found Richard's work inspiring, and they wrote about his ideas, holding them up as exemplars of why theoretically the "municipal foreign policy movement" of the 1980s was taking place." (Benjamin Leffel, friend and mentee of Richard Knight, Irvine, California).

Knight's work took him to cities all over the United States, and toEuropean cities including Vienna, Paris, Milan, Genoa, Delft, and Moscow.

Knight taught at several Ohio colleges, including Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Akron University, and Antioch College, and was a guest professor at many universities in the U.S. and Europe. He held convocations of civic and business leaders throughout his career to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of cities.

In Cleveland, he was a member of the distinguished Rowfant Club. Knight retired in 2000 and started his own vineyard on his Huntsburg farm. His family recently held a simple farewell ceremony and toasting with his own wine, in the midst of his vines and in view of the Tuscan tower he built himself overlooking the East Branch Reservoir.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sibling, Margaret Knight Foreman. He is succeeded by three siblings, Joyce Mary Knight and Norman Knight of Florida and Barbara Knight of New York City; two children, Deirdre Sabina Knight of Northampton, MA and Eric Knight of Aspen, Colorado; two grandchildren, Gia and Elijah Knight; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and his significant other of many years, Cissy Hubbard of Madison, OH.