Professor Bert Hickman dies at 95
Bert G. Hickman, Professor of Economics, Emeritus, passed away at the age of 95 on November 23, 2019. Hickman spent 31 years in the Stanford Economics Department, first as an Instructor from 1949-51 and then as a Professor from 1966 to 1995. He had served as the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, and was Department Chairman from 1975 to 1978.
Bert’s undergraduate work included studying at USC from 1943-45 as part of the Navy’s V-12 program, a plan designed to produce more educated officers for the U.S. military. Fortunately, the war ended before Bert’s military service would have begun. He completed his B.S. at Berkeley in 1947 and subsequently earned his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1951. After a brief stint as Assistant Professor at Northwestern from 1952-54, Bert then served as a Senior Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers from 1954 to 1956. He was at Brookings from 1956 to 1966.
Bert Hickman was an empirical macroeconomist, a macro model builder and an economic forecaster. He was the co-author with Robert Coen of the Hickman-Coen annual macroeconomics model. They were joined at times by other Stanford colleagues such as Larry Lau and Michael Hurd. Bert served for nearly thirty years as Chairman of the Executive Committee for Project Link, which attempted to integrate macro models from advanced economies from around the world.