Mr. Gunn joined Nathan Associates in 1967. Before that, he had spent six years as an economic adviser to the Minister of Commerce in Afghanistan, helping formulate bilateral trade and transit agreements. He was instrumental in creating the country’s first insurance company. Mr. Gunn began his career as an economic analyst and statistician with Standard Oil Company of California.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Nathan Associates’ work was about evenly divided between economic consulting overseas and economic and public policy issues at home. Mr. Gunn was deeply involved in both, appearing as an expert economist in litigation in federal district courts and state courts and before regulatory agencies, and leading an advisory mission to Thailand as planning adviser to the Thai Ministry of Commerce. He was also involved in the development work in the Caribbean in the 1980s, directing Nathan Associates’ activities with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica. He later took on assignments in Egypt and Guam.
Mr. Gunn had served on the firm’s board of directors since 1986, and was chairman from 2001-2008. He retired in 1994 as a senior vice president, but continued to work for the firm as an economic expert in litigation cases and before federal regulatory agencies. He also remained active in overseas consulting, traveling to Russia as part of a World Bank team of U.S. and European antitrust economists and attorneys to advise regional antimonopoly committees.
Mr. Gunn lectured on economic development, multinational trade, and intraregional trade settlements at Oxford University, and was a member of the American Economic Association, the Asia Society, and the Cosmos Club (President, 2005-2006). He was an invaluable source for The Best Made Plans: Robert R. Nathan and 20th Century Liberalism, a biography of the firm’s founder to be published this summer.