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Warren Robinson. 1928-2015

Warren Robinson, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Pennsylvania State University and co-founding Director of the Population Research Institute at  Penn State as well as a senior economic advisor to numerous governments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, died on Thursday October 8th after a long illness. He became an IUSSP member in 1969.

 

Dr. Robinson served as an economic advisor to the Thai, Pakistani and Bengali governments and was senior demographic advisor to USAID Missions in India and Egypt. He taught as a visiting professor at Georgetown University, the Pakistan Institute of Development (Karachi), the University of Nairobi (Kenya), Fudan University (Shanghai), Thammassatt University (Bangkok) and the Cairo Demographic Center (Egypt).

 

Warren Clayton Robinson was born in Washington, DC on February 28, 1928 and attended local schools, graduating from Western High School and George Washington University with a B.A. in Economics before getting a PhD in Economics and Demography from Princeton University. He served in the US Army in WWII in Japan in 1946-47 and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.

 

He was married twice, once to the former Elizabeth Hale Gallup who died in 1975, and is survived by Dr Sarah Harbison Robinson,  He is also survived by three children, Kellian (Cristine) of Greenwich Ct, Sandra (Michael Snyder) of Chambersburg, Pa, and Matthew (Laura), of the District of Columbia, and five grandchildren.

 

A voracious reader and writer, he was the author of 120 scholarly articles and scientific papers in the area of population, economics and development, and the author or editor of seven books. In retirement he shifted his focus to military history, where he published another 10 articles as well as a book on the role of the Confederate Calvary at the Battle of Gettysburg (“JEB Stuart and the Confederate Defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg”).

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