Lampman, Robert James, 1920-1997


Lampman, Robert James, 1920-1997


Bio: Robert James Lampman, also known as R. J. (b. September 25, 1920, Plover, Wisconsin-d. March 4, 1997, Madison, Wisconsin), economist and professor. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1942 and entered the service. After serving as a naval air navigator in the Pacific during World War II, he returned to the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he received a doctorate in labor economics. Lampman taught at the University of Washington for 10 years, and in 1958 he was appointed professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin, his academic base for over 30 years. In 1962 Lampman was brought to Washington, D.C. to serve on President John F. Kennedy’s Council of Economic Advisers. Lampman also wrote the chapter on poverty in the 1964 Economic Report of the President, which would become the blueprint for the Johnson Administration’s anti-poverty initiative. He was married to JoAnne and they had four children. Lampman is interred in Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin.


LBJ Connection: Member, Council of Economic Advisers; involved in the War on Poverty, 1961-1966