Morris Hamburg, Professor of Statistics Emeritus, died at age 89 on November 14, 2011. Hamburg was a founder of the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty and served on its executive committee from 2004 to 2008. During the 2006-2007 academic year he was PASEF President. Hamburg began teaching at Wharton in 1946 and retired in 1992. His research included studies of urban economic planning and managerial decision analysis, and the development of managerial information systems for university and public libraries. He authored two statistics textbooks and hundreds of articles in professional journals. He served as editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association for 16 years.
Dr. Hamburg grew up in Strawberry Mansion. His parents were Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine and Poland. He had no hope of higher education until he got the highest score on a Penn scholarship test.
Dr. Hamburg is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean Hamburg; a son, Neil Hamburg; a daughter, Bobbie Weisbein; and two grandchildren.
Obituary in Philadelphia Inquirer