Bio: John Edward Robson was born on June 21, 1930 in New York City, New York. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1952 and an LL.B. from Harvard University in 1955. He had a varied professional career in law practice, management, academia, and government service. He was a partner and associate with the firm of Leibman, Williams, Bennett, Baird and Minow, 1958 to 1965, and his career in government began in 1966 with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In 1966 he served as Special Assistant to the Director, Bureau of the Budget, OMB; he was Undersecretary for the Department of Transportation from 1967 to 1969 and General Counsel in 1967; and from July to September 1968 he was Administrator of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. From 1970 to 1974 he was a partner and member of the Executive Committee at the firm of Sidley and Austin. He also contributed to the Nixon and Ford economic programs through his work with the 1970 Cost of Living Council; his participation in the October 1974 Summit Conference on Inflation; and by writing and distributing to White House officials his thoughts on such economic matters as inflation, wage and price policy, and economic efficiency. In April 1975 he was appointed by President Ford as Chairman of the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board, serving from April 1975 to 1977; and from 1978 to 1985 he was with G.D. Searle & Co., serving as President and Chief Executive Officer. From 1980 to 1983 he was an informal consultant to the Reagan administration transition team on transportation issues. He went back to the private sector to work in business education, serving as Dean and Professor of Management at Emory University from 1986 to 1988, and a member of the faculty at Yale University School of Organization and Management since 1993. He returned to government service for a short time, as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, Department of the Treasury, 1989 to 1992. In 1993 he was a member of the National Commission to Ensure A Competitive Airline Industry.
LBJ Connection: Staff Assistant. Worked under Joseph Califano on economic issues, especially inflation.
Robson, John E. (John Edwin), 1930-,
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