Robert J. Myers

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Robert Julius Myers (October 31, 1912 – February 13, 2010) was an American actuary who co-created the American Social Security program.[1] He also set the retirement age in the United States at 65 years old.[1]

Myers was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on October 31, 1912, to parents, Laurence B. Myers and Edith Hirsh Myers.[1] He received his bachelor's degree from Lehigh University.[1] In 1963 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.[2]

Myers died from respiratory failure at his home in Silver Spring, Maryland, at the age of 97.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Williams Walsh, Mary (2010-02-25). "Robert J. Myers, Actuary Who Shaped Social Security Program, Dies at 97". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  2. ^ View/Search Fellows of the ASA, accessed 2016-07-23.