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Richard Vincent Gilbert

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Vineland, Cumberland, New Jersey, USA
Death: October 6, 1985 (83)
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA ( He had been ill with cancer and suffered a heart attack 10 days before his death on Sunday. He was cremated ca. 7th October 1985 in Cambridge, MA. Ashes scattered in his backyard.)
Immediate Family:

Son of Meyer Goldberg and Feigel(Fanny) Goldberg/Gilbert
Husband of Emma Gilbert
Father of Walter Myron Gilbert, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1980; <private> Gilbert; <private> Gilbert and Peter Gilbert
Brother of Molly Hoffman; Anna Gilbert; Isadore Gaylburd; Taft Irwin Gilbert; Nora Gilbert and 1 other

Occupation: Economist
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About Richard Vincent Gilbert

As an undergraduate he substituted for his professor in at least one class in Economics. June 1923

Harvard University, SB summa cum laude in Economics, Cambridge, MA, USA

Occupation: Between 1924 and 1939

taught economics at Harvard and Radcliffe, Cambridge, MA, USA

Graduation: 1925

Harvard University, AM in Economics, Cambridge, MA, USA

Graduation: 1930

Harvard Business School, Ph.D. in Economics, Cambridge, MA, USA

Between 1934 and 1939

was an associate professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, MA, USA

Occupation: 1937

in the summer he served as senior economic analyst in the U.S. Treasury, Washington, DC, USA

Occupation: On Aug. 1, 1939, he became an economics adviser to Commerce Secretary Harry Hopkins and to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He wrote speeches for Roosevelt on economics issues (his wartime papers are now at the Roosevelt Library). Walter Salant of the Brookings Institute in Washington once called Mr. Gilbert "the outstanding, unsung hero of American wartime economic policy." He was credited, along with another economist Robert Nathan, with persuading Roosevelt's administration to boost aircraft and tank production and to accelerate merchant shipping. He had served with the price division of the National Defense Advisory Council and with the Office of Price Administration and Civilian Supply, forerunners of the OPA. He had worked in the OPA since its beginning early in 1942. He resigned from the OPA on Feb. 25, 1946 giving no formal reason, but his daughter says it was due to his disapproval of the policies of the Truman administration. Between 1939 and 1946

an economist (later chief economist) in the Office of Price Administration & the Commerce Department, Washington, DC, USA

Between 1946 and 1959

a consulting economist in DC and later joined Schenley Industries, New York, NY, USA

Occupation: Afghanistan, etc. He later worked with the Pakistan Planning Commission. He was a member of the American Economic Association, the American Statistical Society and Americans for Democratic Action. Between 1959 and 1970

joined the Harvard Economic Advisory Service as director of its missions to Pakistan, Indonesia, and
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Richard Vincent Gilbert's Timeline

September 7, 1902
Vineland, Cumberland, New Jersey, USA
March 21, 1932
Age 29
Boston, MA, USA
November 1935
Age 33
Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
October 6, 1985
Age 83
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA