J. Orlin Grabbe, 60, a former member of the Worldwide Church of God, died unexpectedly at his home in San Jose, Costa Rica, on or about March 15, 2008, of an apparent heart attack.
Mr. Grabbe, who was born in Hale County, Texas, in 1947, graduated from Ambassador College, Pasadena, Calif., in 1970 and the University of California at Berkeley in 1976. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1981.
In Pasadena Mr. Grabbe was editor of the student newspaper, The Portfolio. In later life he wrote a widely circulated article about his years at AC called "Memories of Pasadena," which is available at tinyurl.com/52nmnn.
After AC Mr. Grabbe pursued his interests in science, especially mathematics. According to an article about him at Wikipedia.com, he "specialized in the study of financial derivative instruments and published important pricing models for futures, forward contracts and options, especially in the foreign exchange (FX) markets."
In 1986, while a faculty member at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, he wrote a book, International Financial Markets, still frequently cited as a reference for financial traders.
Mr. Grabbe politically was a libertarian and anarchist and, in later years from his home in Costa Rica (where he had moved in 1998), maintained a colorful and even outrageous Web site that featured his own writings and links to other articles and posts on science, political intrigue, philosophy, quantum physics and metaphysics.
He had edited a weekly online newspaper, The Laissez Faire Electronic Times, for two years beginning in 2002.