In Memoriam: 1992 ASA President Katherine Wallman

The ASA lost a great friend and leader January 17 when Katherine Wallman passed away. Her positions as chief statistician of the United States from 1992 to 2017 and 1992 ASA president only begin to capture her legacy as a leader, friend, and champion of government statistics and statistical literacy.

Her innumerable accomplishments as chief statistician touched poverty measurement, race and ethnicity standards, the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act, the Statistical Policy Directive No. 1, and effective US engagement in international statistical activities.

In Memoriam: 1992 ASA President Katherine Wallman

After her retirement, she continued her contributions by volunteering to serve professional societies, the National Academies, and the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research.

We are especially grateful and fortunate that Katherine served as wise counsel and contributor to the ASA’s Scientific and Public Affairs Advisory Committee and Office of Science Policy on issues such as the following:

To read more about her interests and remarkable life, view the following resources:

Additionally, various organizations and people have recently posted commemorations, including the following: