Nathan Keyfitz
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KEYFITZ, Nathan At age 96, of Cambridge, on April 6, 2010. Beloved husband of the late Beatrice (Orkin) Keyfitz. Devoted father of Barbara and Robert, grandfather of Benjamin, Elizabeth and Alexander, dear brother of Ruth Karp. Professor Keyfitz, born in Montreal, rose to the rank of Assistant Dominion Statistician in the Canadian civil service before beginning a distinguished academic career in 1961 which took him to the Universities of Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Berkeley, Ohio State and Harvard where he was Andelot Professor of Sociology and Demography and Chairman of the Departments of Sociology and Public Health. His pioneering work produced hundreds of books and articles in leading journals and developed the field of mathematical demography. Winner of numerous honorary awards and member of professional associations including the National Academy of Sciences, Royal Statistical Society, American Statistical Association, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Services will be held at The Bigelow Chapel on the grounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St. Cambridge on Tuesday April 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm. Following services family and friends are invited to his residence. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to The Longy School of Music, 1 Follen St., Cambridge, MA 02138 Brezniak-Rodman Chapel WWW.brezniakrodman.com 617-969-0800


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Published in Boston Globe on Apr. 11, 2010.
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May 17, 2010
I had the privilege of working for Professor Keyfitz from 1983 to 1989, when I left IIASA to move to the US. I am very saddened by his passing. He was not only the best in his field but also a wonderful, kind, and caring human being. My sincerest condolences to his family, some of whom I met in Baden, Austria.
Susanne Brown
April 26, 2010
What an affable and modest man, who at the same time was one of the two or three most creative demographers of the XXth century, ... and perhaps of all times. And I cannot think of any other who could draw so fruitfully on mathematics, economics and biology. I never read a paper by Nathan without learning something important. My sympathies to his family.
Jacques Henripin
April 24, 2010
I have known Mr. Keyfitz as a remarkable scientist and a wonderful human being. He lived a beautiful and long life, but one has to feel very sorry that he is no longer with us. My thoughts are with his family and his closest friends. Most sincere condoleances.
Evelyne Lapierre-Adamcyk
April 17, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Ana Maria Goldani
April 16, 2010
I must offer my sincere and deepest sympathies. Professor Keyfitz as I used to adress him, will remain for ever in our minds and hearts. It seems to be just a week ago when Beatrice prepared a superb smoked salmon sandwich for our lunch as I learned the principles of the momentum of a population...They both knew how to teach us the important things of life and sciences!
Jair Santos, Brazil.
Jair LF Santos
April 13, 2010
I consider myself as one of his students; I did not talk to him or met him face to face, but will never forget him. I always remember the first time I was in the library and noticed his book “Applied mathematical demography” …. He will always remain in my mind
Huda Alkitkat
April 12, 2010
Nathan was one of the giants of demography. He was not only a leader in mathematical demography but also pioneered the application of demographic methods to several other fields. We at IIASA were privileged to have him as leader of our Population Program from 1983 (after retiring from Harvard) to 1991. Much of the work we are doing today – from applications of the multi-state model to probabilistic population projections to population-environment analysis – has its roots in Nathan’s creative ideas. We will always treasure his memory.
Wolfgang Lutz and Marilyn Brandl
for the staff of IIASA’s World Population Program
April 11, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies. Nathan was an outstanding personality and he will always remain in our hearts along with our memories.
Until very recently once in a while we were chatting with Nathan on Skype. I will miss our personal relationship a lot….
Sergei Scherbov
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