MORAGA -- Tapan Munroe, a well-known economist, longtime Contra Costa Times columnist and resident of Moraga for 32 years, died Tuesday.

Munroe, 78, succumbed to pneumonia that was a complication of Parkinson's disease, according to his daughter, Leslie Munroe Baroody of Davis.

A former chief economist for PG&E and a onetime chairman of the economics department at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Munroe authored a twice-monthly business and economics column in the Times for over 20 years; his last column appeared in October 2011. He also was a sought-after speaker, and wrote or co-wrote a number of books about various economic aspects, including "Planet in Conflict," published in 2013, "Dot-Com to Dot-Bomb" in 2004 and "Innovation: Key to America's Prosperity and Job Growth" in 2012.

Financial columnist Tapan Munroe is photographed in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Tuesday, March 9, 2010.
Financial columnist Tapan Munroe is photographed in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. ((Dan Rosenstrauch/Staff))

He was a longtime member, and elder, at Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church in Lafayette. He and his wife of 55 years, Astrid, had lived in Davis the past year, Baroody said.

Munroe is survived by his wife Astrid; daughter Leslie Munroe Baroody and son Peter Munroe of Colorado; a brother, Dr. Milan Mukerjee, and a sister, Dr. Lekha Banerjee, both of India. Memorial services were being planned Thursday, and a date had not yet been set.