Herbert P. Galliher Jr.

Herbert P. Galliher Jr., professor emeritus of ind-ustrial and operations engineering, died Aug. 16 at Arbor Hospice Residence. He was 81.

Galliher held bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics and mathematical logic from Yale University. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged as a captain.

After serving on the mathematics faculty at New Haven State Teachers College and then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he was appointed associate director of MIT’s Operations Research Center in 1956. He joined the University in 1963.

At the U-M, Galliher taught and developed courses in inventory and production and stochastic processes and mathematical modeling, and served the University in a variety of administrative positions.

“He is recognized as one of the founders of the field of operations research,” the Regents noted upon his retirement in 1982. “His contributions span a range of applications. He developed and named the ‘stuttering Poisson’ distribution to describe demand processes in supply situations. He was one of the first to use quereing theory to analyze landing congestion of aircraft. And in recent years, he has pioneered the use of stochastic models to represent disease processes, and has contributed to the literature on the management of cervical cancer, arteriosclerosis and breast cancer.

“His encyclopedic knowledge, quick wit and ready availability have made him a favorite instructor for many students, and a valued colleague to his fellow faculty,” the Regents added.

Galliher was the founding editor of International Abstracts in Operations Research and associate editor of Operations Research and the SIMA Journal on Applied Mathematics. He also was a consultant to a variety of corporations and government agencies.

He was born April 24, 1919, in Washington, D.C., the son of the late Herbert P. and Anna (Finch) Galliher Sr. On Dec. 14, 1967, he married Shirley Crane (Walton).

Galliher is survived by his wife Shirley; children, Caroline (Charles) Orr of Sudbury, Mass., Parrish (Valerie) Galliher of Littleton, Mass., Scott (Kitty) Galliher of Brooklyn, New York, and Delia (Joseph) Jackson of Richmond, Vt.; his stepchildren, John (Ann) Walton of Marshall, Mich., Elizabeth (Jim) Boyd of Montgomery, Texas, Blake (Ann) Walton of Sarasota, Fla., and Mark (Nancy) Walton of Milan, Mich.

He also is survived by 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his sister, Susan (Doug) Berndt of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; and his former wife, Dorothy Dewherst of Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Unitarian Church Building Fund, 4901 Ann Arbor-Saline Road.

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Lee A. Lillard

Lee A. Lillard III, director of the U-M Retirement Research Center, senior research scientist at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) and professor of economics, died Dec. 2 at his home in Ann Arbor after a heart attack. He was 57.

An applied econometrician and labor economist who worked jointly with a long and diverse list of co-authors, Lillard made important contributions to the study of life-cycle earnings, marriage, fertility, divorce, mortality, intergenerational mobility and a wide variety of other issues of general interest.

While at the U-M, he also served as a member of the steering committee of the U-M Health and Retirement Study, directed by economist Robert J. Willis. “Lee was my friend, collaborator and colleague for more than 25 years,” Willis said. “Throughout his career, he made significant and immediate contributions to his profession with his keen intellect and intense commitment to doing the best possible social science research. His leadership of the Michigan Retirement Research Center reflected his commitment to giving public policy a firm basis in social science.”

Before joining the U-M in 1998, Lillard spent 20 years with RAND in Santa Monica, Calif., where he held a variety of positions. “As the founding director of RAND’s Center for the Study of Aging, he established one of the leading research programs on aging in the world,” said James P. Smith, a friend and RAND colleague.

While at RAND, he received a National Institute on Aging MERIT Award, the most prestigious award given by the National Institutes of Health.

“Lee was well known in the fields of economics and demography as an incredibly energetic researcher who was always eager to expand into new fields,” said David Lam, professor of economics and director of the Population Studies Center at ISR. “He was also a great collaborator who was committed to interdisciplinary research. We were very fortunate to have attracted him to the University of Michigan, and we will greatly miss his enthusiastic personality and his exceptional research abilities.”

Born Nov. 12, 1943, in Arlington, Texas, Lillard received a B.S. in mathematics in 1966 from the University of Texas at Arlington, an M.A. in economics in 1968 from Southern Methodist University (SMU), and an M.S. in 1970 and a joint Ph.D. in 1972 in economics and statistics from North Carolina State University. Before joining RAND in 1978, he served as a research associate and project director at the National Bureau of Economic Research. During his career, he also held visiting positions at the City University of New York; the University of California, Santa Clara; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; the University of California, Los Angeles; California Institute of Technology; and the University of Southern California.

“Lee was painstakingly careful with data,” said Finis Welch, distinguished professor of economics at Texas A & M University, a friend and colleague who was Lillard’s teacher and mentor at SMU. “He was also an extraordinarily competent analyst and the most energetic researcher I have ever known. I have seen many hard workers. Most burn out after a few years. None surpassed Lee in dedication and effort.”

Lillard is survived by his daughter, Jennifer, of Los Angeles, Calif.; his father, Lee A. Lillard II, of Granbury, Texas; and his grandmother, Lucille Lillard of Arlington, Texas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Harriet Jean Lillard. Burial will be in Arlington, with a memorial service planned for January in Ann Arbor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, National Office, 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311, or on the Web at

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