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Eli Ginzberg, Professor, Presidential Adviser and Director of Revson Fellows Program, Dies at 91

Eli Ginzberg

Eli Ginzberg, whose lifelong commitment to public service greatly benefited Columbia University, the City of New York and the United States, died on Thursday, December 12, at the age of 91. He taught at Columbia for more than six decades and was a dynamic presence in the University's academic life throughout his long career.

Ginzberg earned the degrees of A.B. (1931), A.M. (1932) and Ph.D. (1935) from Columbia University. He joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Business in 1935, where he was A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics until 1979. In addition to his teaching duties, Ginzberg was an adviser to U.S. presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt through Jimmy Carter. The author of more than 100 books in the fields of human resources, urban studies and health policy, he played an influential role in the desegregation of the armed forces and the integration of women and minorities into the American workforce.

Ginzberg was named director of the Eisenhower Center for the Conservation of Human Resources, when it was established in 1950. Under his guidance the Center was responsible for pioneering research efforts in employment and health policy.

In 1978, on the verge of retirement, Ginzberg accepted an appointment to direct the Revson Fellows Program on the Future of the City of New York at Columbia. Over the next two decades he oversaw the selection of 240 Revson Fellows, actively mentoring them and guiding them into leadership positions. Their achievements as leaders in the city's major institutions in government, education, philanthropy and advocacy, are a testament to Ginzberg's vision and a lasting legacy to the city.

Funeral services for Ginzberg will be held at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, at the Riverside Chapel, 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

Published: Dec 17, 2002
Last modified: Dec 17, 2002

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