The class has learned from the Embassy of Madagascar in Washington, DC that Rajaona died in 2016. Rajaona entered Princeton junior year after transferring from the University of Michigan and studied at the Woodrow Wilson School.
Charles Plohn contacted the embassy after adding one of Rajaona's books to the class library, as the University had no record of Rajaona. The embassy responded quickly:
"We are very sorry to inform you that Dr. Rajaona Andriamananjara passed away in September 2016. Dr. Rajaona A. was indeed one of the most renowned and influential professors in the Malagasy language, and his students and acquaintances knew it. Madagascar, the Malagasy people and his family will be certainly be proud that his book will be added to the 66 Class Library of the Princeton University."
Rajaona's son, Soamiely Andriamananjara, lives in Washington, DC, and is also a writer. Soamiely forwarded this this brief bio on June 12. The bio was composed by his wife.
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Born December 01.1943 . Died September 30. 2016.
After obtaining the diploma of Baccalaureat, left Madagascar on a Scholarship from the African American Institute, NewYork July 1963. Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and Internationa Affairs -Cum Laude. Phi Beta Kappa. 1967. Master of Arts in International Affairs: George Washington University DC 1967. PhD in Economics: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1971
He then started working:
Economist at the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC
Back in Madagascar in 1973, he was an advisor to the director of Planning in the Ministry of Finance and Planning.
Director General of Planning i1972n the same Ministry 1975-1982.
Deputy Comptroller ath the Central Bank of Madagascar.
Director General of the Institute of Madagascar for the Techniques of Planning.
(IMATEP). He founded this Institute and worked there to the end. 1982- Sept 2016.
Advisor to the Prime Minister 1988-1991
Consultant in Training at the Development Institute of the University of Pittsburgh -Summer programs 1985-1995
Consultant for the Indian Ocean Commission
Various consultancy for the United Nations
Regional Director of PRIDE (Programme regional integre de la Commission de l’ Ocean Indien. 1996-1997
President of the Board of Tany Meva (Environment Foundation) 1997-2003
Unesco – Vice President World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) 2013-2015
The Malagasy Akademy of Arts, Letters and Sciences: President 2002- Sept 2016.
We are thankful to have basked in his unconditional love all those years. We proudly recall his ever meaningful life, 73 years of hard work and success. He was a “good” student from Grade One.
Mika, his wife. His two sons, Tahiry and Tija and their four children: Kaliana, Tsiory, Antso and Antsaly. Soamiely and Mialy and their two children: Ranja and Soa.
Here is a summary of Rajaona's career on the World Academy of Sciences web site. An obituary, with photo, in the Malagasy language, is here on the Akademia Malagasy website. Google Translate provides a very rough translation. Note that only graduate education is mentioned, and the.Michigan PhD is omitted.