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Robert W. Oliver *57

Published in Jan. 27, 1999, issue

Robert Warner Oliver, economist and teacher, died July 17, 1998, of a heart attack at his home in Pasadena, Calif. He served in the Navy during WWII, and earned a bachelor's at the U. of Southern California and a master's in economics and sociology at Princeton in 1950. He taught economics briefly at Pomona College. He also studied as a Social Science Research Fellow at the London School of Economics in 1954-55, returning then to Princeton to complete his doctorate in 1957.

He worked briefly at the Stanford Research Institute as a research economist. In 1959 he joined the faculty of the California Institute of Technology as an economist. During 1970-71 he was on leave from Caltech to serve on the economics of urbanization division of the World Bank in Washington, D.C., traveling to Indonesia and Taiwan.

He held many civic and volunteer posts in Pasadena organizations, including the Pasadena board of directors, the Pasadena Planning Commission, the Pasadena Utility Advisory Commission, and the board of directors of the Pasadena Minority History Foundation. He was president of the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation and on the Tournament of Roses Assn.

He was predeceased in 1987 by his first wife, Darlene. He is survived by his second wife, Jean, his daughter Lesley, and his son Stewart.

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