(Louisiana & Queen's 1948) (13 September 1926 - 18 April 2020)
After graduating from Louisiana State University with a BA degree, Elmus served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
When discharged, he enrolled as a graduate student in economics at LSU obtaining his MA degree in 1948. From LSU he went to Queens College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where he studied with Sir John Hicks, Nobel Laureate in economics and received the BPhil degree in economics in 1951. When he returned to the U.S., he completed work for the PhD of economics at Duke University.
Wicker joined the Economics department at Indiana University in 1955. His entire academic life was spent at Indiana University. In the mid 70’s he served a stent as Chairman of the Economics Department.
In 2012 the Department of Economics and the College of Arts and Sciences announced the Elmus R. Wicker Professorship in Economics established through the endowed gift from a former student, E. Scott Thatcher of Kokomo.