In memoriam

Energy policy expert Robert Means, who taught at Johns Hopkins for nearly 20 years, dies at 79

He was an adjunct professor in AAP's Energy Policy and Climate program

Robert C. Means, an expert in energy policy and regulation, and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University for nearly 20 years, died on Dec. 13 of a heart attack. He was 79.

Robert Means

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Means spent more than 30 years as a teacher, consultant, and regulator. At Hopkins, he taught climate change policy courses in the Krieger School's Advanced Academic Programs. He also developed and taught courses in energy policy and regulation at the University of Texas School of Law and the University of Maryland School of Law.

Means taught a course in economic policy for developing countries at Haile Sellassie I University in Ethiopia—where he also served as editor of the Journal of Ethiopian Law—and a also course in comparative corporate law at Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia.

In addition to his academic work, Means was a domestic and international consultant, advising clients such as the U.S. Federal Energy Regulation Commission; the State Department's Iraq bureau; the National Energy Board of Canada; and governments in South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Means received a BS in history and mathematics from Iowa State University and an LLB magna cum laude and an SJD from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he served as Supreme Court Note and Developments Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

"Bob was a wonderful colleague, friend, and strong supporter of the program here at Hopkins from early on," said Daniel Zachary, director of the Energy Policy and Climate program at AAP. "He will be greatly missed by his students and colleagues."

Means resided in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Patricia, who said he was dedicated to his students.

"He worked hard to thread his course materials with analysis techniques, hard science, rhetorical skills, and empathy towards people who are on the front lines of climate change impacts," she said.

In addition to his wife, Means is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Floyd and Jessica Gachet; and seven grandchildren.

Gifts in memory of Robert Means can be made to The Robert C. Means, Ph.D. Memorial Fund at Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles Street, Wyman 500W, Baltimore, MD 21218, Attn: Nancy Gregoire.

Correction: Robert Means' age was misstated in an earlier version of this article. The Hub regrets the error.

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