Margaret Garritsen deVries, 87; IMF economist and historian

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Margaret Garritsen deVries, 87, an economist and historian at the International Monetary Fund, died of pneumonia Dec. 18 at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Bethesda.

Dr. deVries was among the first employees hired by the IMF, joining it as an economist in 1946. She represented the agency on missions to Mexico, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Turkey, Israel, Yugoslavia, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

She was appointed assistant chief of the multiple exchange rate division in 1953 and chief of the Far East division in 1957. She resigned in 1959 to care for her two young children, but she rejoined the IMF in 1963 to help write the history of the agency's first 20 years. In 1973, she was appointed the IMF's official historian, a post she held until retiring in 1987.

She wrote a number of books, including "International Monetary Fund, 1966-71" (two volumes), "International Monetary Fund, 1972-1978" (three volumes), "Balance of Payments Adjustment, 1945 to 1986: The IMF Experience" and "The IMF in a Changing World, 1945-85." She also co-wrote "The International Monetary Fund, 1945-1965" (three volumes) and "Foreign Economic Problems of the United States."

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