Robert Lekachman

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Robert Lekachman

Robert Lekachman was until his death in 1989, age 68, an economic spokesman for Democratic Socialists of America[1].

Lekachmanwho wrote and lectured extensively, held the rank of distinguished professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York, where he had been on the faculty since 1973, and at the university's Graduate Center.

Dr. Lekachman was survived by his wife, the former Eva Woodbrey.

Dr. Leckachman, who was a New York native, was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia College and also received his doctoral degree from Columbia University. In World War II he served in the Army in the Pacific theater.[2]


Dr. Lekachman had taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, L.I., and headed its Department of Economics from 1965 to 1968. Before that he was on the faculty of Barnard College, Columbia College and the Columbia School of Business.[3]


Robert Lekachman was a member of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee[4].


Dr. Lekachman's two last books, were both critical of President Reagan and written in a pungent and polemical style - Visions and Nightmares: America After Reagan, published by Macmillan in 1987, and Greed Is Not Enough (Pantheon, 1982), a critique of Reaganomics. Perhaps his most widely read books are A History of Economic Ideas (1959) and The Age of Keynes (1966), which were translated into several languages and used extensively as texts.

He also wrote for such professional journals as The Annals of the Academy of Political Science, The Political Science Quarterly and The American Economic Review. He was a frequent contributor to and book reviewer for The New York Times, The Washington Post and other periodicals.[5]


Dr. Lekachman received numerous awards during his teaching career. In 1986, Change magazine selected him as one of 50 faculty members in the United States who have made major contributions to undergraduate education. He was cited for his willingness to take on freshmen, no matter how dismally prepared, and to challenge them with difficult texts and concepts, often succeeding in lifting these students to higher achievement than they had ever evinced.[6]


  2. NY Times January 16, 1989
  3. NY Times January 16, 1989
  4. Leaders from the 1960s: a biographical sourcebook of American activism page 520
  5. NY Times January 16, 1989
  6. NY Times January 16, 1989