Dr. S. Byron Tarr, former Minister of Finance, and renowned Liberian economist and writer died at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night, October 7, at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in Monrovia following a protracted illness.
He was in his 74th year.
Dr. Tarr served as Finance Minister in the Interim Government of National Unity, (IGNU) 1990-1992; Deputy Minister of Finance for Revenue, 1972-75; Transnational Corporation Affairs Officer at the United Nations, 1975-77; Controller General for Public Corporations, 1977-80; and founding partner, Development Consultants.
Dr. Tarr left his private business, Development Consultants, to serve as Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs in the People’s Redemption Council government, September 1981 to June 1982.
He is the author of numerous economic and financial publications, including a UN study titled “Taxation of Transnational Corporations: the Liberian Experience (1979).”
A 1966 graduate of Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), Dr. Tarr also took the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, United States in 1972, where he had obtained his MA in Economics in 1970.
His professional and government engagements included administrative assistant to the Special Commission on Government Operations (1967-68).
Dr. Tarr was married to Mrs. Anna Tarr, a professional woman of Nimba County and this marriage was blessed with four children, one of whom (Sidney) predeceased his parents. He was later married to Ms. Vera Gibson Tarr of Maryland County, another professional woman, who was at his bedside when he passed.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Vera Tarr, three children: Stanley, S. Bruce and Aimee; four grandchildren: Yahaira, Henry, Yasmine, Noah and Oliver; and other relatives and friends in Liberia and abroad. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.