CAROL WEISS

WEISS--Carol Hirschon, died on January 8, 2013 at the age of 86 of complications of heart disease and cancer. She was the Beatrice Whiting Professor Emerita at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she had worked since 1978. She was born and raised in New York, graduated from Erasmus Hall, Cornell University, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University. Her professional career was devoted to the study of evaluation research, where she was one of the founders of the scientific approach to evaluation of social programs. At the Bureau of Applied Social Research at Columbia University, and later at Harvard, she also conducted groundbreaking studies of the use of social research in making public policy decisions. For her professional accomplishments, she won many honors and awards, including fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Brookings Institution, and the Myrdal Award from the Evaluation Research Society. She was influential in encouraging the use of evaluation by dozens of U.S. government agencies, international agencies, and governments in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe, in fields as diverse as international development, public health, crime and delinquency, agriculture, mental health, and education. Carol is survived by her husband of 64 years, Malcolm A. Weiss, by her children Daniel, Judith, and Janet, her son-in-law Donald Kinder, and by four grandchildren, Benjamin, Samuel, Jacob, and Delilah. A memorial celebration of her life will be held at a later date.


Published in The New York Times on Jan. 10, 2013