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Remembering Ingram Olkin

1 June 2016 No Comment


Ingram Olkin of Stanford University passed away on April 28.

Born in 1924, Olkin was a mentor, friend, role model, leader, and legend in the statistical community and beyond. Indeed, many of those whose lives he touched gathered at JSM 2014 in Boston to enthusiastically celebrate his birthday.

In a January 2015 Amstat News article, he expressed no regrets: “I was blessed in my career. I had good mentors and colleagues and super students. It’s not clear to me what I could have done differently to improve on any of those because it is your teachers, colleagues, and students—your friends—who become important in your life. I’ve been fortunate to have a super group in each of those categories.”

The statistical community was blessed many times over by Olkin’s extensive influence and presence. The ASA leadership and staff extend their condolences to his family.

A detailed obituary can be read at Stanford’s news site. There is also a topic, “Remembering Ingram Olkin,” on the ASA Community website. Drop in and leave a memory.

There will be memorial service for Ingram Olkin on Sunday, July 10, 2:00pm – 4:00pm at The Woman’s Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Ave. Palo Alto.

Parking is available at several churches nearby and is wheelchair accessible.

If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to Julia Olkin at olkin@comcast.net

Donations can be given to
1) The Harold & Libby Ziff Center
Taube Hillel House
565 Mayfield Ave
Stanford, CA 94305


2) West Bay Opera
221 Lambert St.
Palo Alto, CA 94306

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