John Kenneth Galbraith, Eminent Harvard Economist, Dies at 97

May 2, 2006

The Kennedy School of Government is mourning the loss of eminent Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith, who died Saturday at the age of 97. Galbraith, who served as an advisor to several American presidents and as U.S. Ambassador to India during the Kennedy Administration, is considered one of the inspirational forces behind the founding of the Kennedy School and was a frequent speaker at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.

“John Kenneth Galbraith was truly a giant -- whether teaching Harvard students, working with foreign diplomats or advising American presidents. We at the Kennedy School will remember him for his instrumental work in the shaping and development of the modern Kennedy School. He believed deeply in the School's mission and was one of its greatest champions,” said Kennedy School Dean David Ellwood. “His commitment to public service inspired everyone he came in contact with. His wisdom, wit, and spirit will carry on.”

Galbraith was a longtime resident of Cambridge, and is survived by his wife and three sons. Memorial services are still being planned.

A biography of Galbraith by Richard Parker is located at the following website:
http://johnkennethgalbraith.com/

A full story on Galbraith’s life and career is posted on the Harvard University website: http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/daily/2006/04/30-galbraith.html

A Kennedy School Bulletin story examining Galbraith’s contributions to the Kennedy School is posted on the Bulletin website: http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/ksgpress/bulletin/autumn2005/features/economic_giant.htm

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