John Kendrick Dead at Age 92

John Kendrick, a long-time member of the senior research staff at the NBER, passed away on November 17, 2009, at the age of 92. In addition to his NBER role, he was a member of the economics faculty at George Washington University -- where he had earned his Ph.D. -- for many years. He also served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Commence in the mid-1970s.

Kendrick made pioneering contributions to productivity analysis, national income accounting, and the estimation of capital stocks. He was one of the first to employ the concept that today is known as total factor productivity. His 1961 NBER volume on Productivity Trends in the United States, with Maude Pech, remains a classical contribution to the long-term analysis of productivity trends.

F. Thomas Juster, 1926-2010

F. Thomas Juster, who served as Vice President of the NBER from 1969 to 1972, died on July 21, 2010 at age 83. Born in Hollis, Long Island, New York, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1956 and was a member of the NBER's research staff from 1959 until 1973. In 1973 Juster joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he served as director of the Institute for Social Research and was the founding director of the Health & Retirement Study. Juster was an active and effective advocate for the importance of social science research.

Arnold Zellner, 1927-2010

Arnold Zellner, who was elected to the NBER's Board of Directors in 1980 and became a Director Emeritus in 2004, passed away on August 11, 2010. Zellner received his Ph.D. from the University of California and taught at the University of Washington and at the University of Wisconsin before joining the faculty of the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business in 1966. Zellner founded the NBER-NSF Seminar on Bayesian Inference in Econometrics and Statistics, and directed this seminar for more than twenty years.

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