Linda Datcher Loury

Linda Datcher Loury is deeply missed

I am blessed in my career to have the opportunity to cross paths with many people who quietly enrich my life in some way. Linda Datcher Loury was one such person. She died Thursday after a long struggle with cancer.

I knew Linda casually through her husband Glenn Loury, a friend and colleague to several of us here. She was an accomplished economist for many years at Tufts University, where she made valuable contributions in several areas. She was a very kind, athletic, and funny person.

We at RBC extend our sympathies to Glenn, and to her sons Glenn Jr., and Nehemiah. She is deeply missed.

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect,, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

3 thoughts on “Linda Datcher Loury”

  1. My favorite Linda Loury paper is “All in the Extended Family,” which shows that grandparents, for example, have independent impacts on the academic achievement of their grandchildren. Alas, that suggests that greater racial equality is likely to be a multi-generational project: the children of first-generation college graduates do not start out on a level playing field with those whose families have longer histories of educational attainment.

  2. I had Professor Loury as a student at Tufts about 8 years ago now. I took her class which was basically differential equations for mathy econ majors. She was far and away a better calculus teacher than any I had in the math department, simply taking us through the steps of the Lagrange multiplier and showing us why it matters in the context of economics. A very small memory I suppose, but she somewhat less quietly enriched my life as well.

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