RAINWATER, Lee 87, of Cambridge, died after a brief illness on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Dear husband for 56 years of Carol (Kampel). He leaves his much loved daughter Katherine and his much loved son Jon, Jon's wife Susan Stephenson, and their foster son Viet Hang To. Lee was a Professor of Sociology Emeritus at Harvard University, and was Co-Founder and Research Director of the Luxembourg Income Study from 1983 until 2005. He was the author, co-author, or editor of over 20 books, including Behind Ghetto Walls, based on the study of residents of the St. Louis, Missouri housing project Pruitt-Igoe, and Wealth & Welfare States with Irwin Garfinkel and Timothy Smeeding. Recipient of various awards and honors, Lee never lost his modesty and sense of sharing with colleagues. In addition to his immediate family he leaves his sister-in-law and her husband, Regina and Alvin Holzman, their children and spouse, grandchildren, and great grandson. And too, he is survived by all those colleagues, around the world, who share his passion for seeking an understanding of the policies that influence social and economic inequality. A private gathering will be held to celebrate Lee's life. In lieu of flowers, you may honor him by giving to a .

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Published in The Boston Globe on July 8, 2015