In Memoriam: David C. Lindeman

David C. Lindeman, a Founding Member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, passed away last week.  

He served as co-chair of the Academy’s Seventh Annual Conference, ‘Social Security: What Role for the Future?” in 1995. He co-edited the conference proceedings publication,  Social Security: What Role for the Future?  with Academy Members Peter A. Diamond and Howard Young (Brookings Institution Press, 1996). 

David served in the Directorate for Financial and Fiscal Affairs at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He was a senior pension specialist at the World Bank from 1995 to 2001, where he worked on pension reform projects in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Croatia, and Kazakhstan. Before 1995, David had a twenty-five-year career as a federal civil servant. His last positions were: Executive Director of the 1994-1996 Social Security Advisory Council (through 1995); head of the policy and research office of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) from 1988 through 1994; and senior tax analyst and acting General Counsel for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in the mid-1980s. Prior to that, he held various policy analysis positions in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO).  

He received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from Columbia University. 

Academy Founding Board Member Larry Thompson stated: “David was a great friend of mine and a friend and supporter of our social insurance programs.  He cared deeply about improving the lives of the poor and near poor.” 

May he rest in peace. 

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