Aubrey Dickman was President of the Economic Society of South Africa (ESSA) in
1982-1983. As such, he was one of the rare business economists to have been so honoured
by academic economists in South Africa. It is not easy to walk tall in both academic and
business circles simultaneously – and it was a great tribute to his ability as an economist
that he was able to span the respective worlds of ideas and action so effectively. It reflected
the high esteem in which he was held as a professional economist.