John Vernon, an assistant professor with the department of health policy and management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, died June 19 in his home in West Lafayette, Ind.
Vernon, 43 is survived by his wife Jucineia Gomes, two sons and a stepdaughter.
Vernon, a native of Durham, held undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Duke University, N.C. State University and the University of London, respectively. He also earned a doctorate degree in management science from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Vernon’s research focused on economic aspects of the pharmaceutical industry.
Before he came to UNC in 2008, he worked as a senior economic policy advisor at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He also served as a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.