A. Ross Eckler Jr.

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A. Ross Eckler Jr.
Born Albert Ross Eckler Jr.
(1927-08-29)August 29, 1927
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died December 9, 2016(2016-12-09) (aged 89)
New Jersey, United States
Nationality American
Occupation logologist, centenarian researcher

Albert Ross Eckler Jr. (August 29, 1927 – December 9, 2016) was a logologist, statistician, and author, the son of statistician A. Ross Eckler. He received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University.


While at Bell Labs, Eckler co-authored Mathematical Models of Target Coverage and Missile Allocation with Stefan A. Burr.[1]

Eckler was the publisher and editor of Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics. In 1996 he published a book on logology entitled Making the Alphabet Dance. Recreational Wordplay.[2]

He was also the author of The National Puzzlers' League, The First 115 Years, a history of the National Puzzlers' League (NPL).[3] He and his wife Faith were married for more than 50 years,[4] and were former NPL editors under the collective nom de plume "Faro" (with variant forms "FAro" for Faith and "faRO" for Ross).[5]

Eckler's hobbies were genealogy and supercentenarian research. Eckler disproved exaggerated age claims such as those of Charlie Smith and George Fruits while authenticating others such as Delina Filkins (1815–1928). He died on December 9, 2016 at the age of 89.[6]


  • Eckler, A. Ross Jr. (1996). Making the Alphabet Dance: Recreational Wordplay. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9780312155803. 

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  1. ^ Eckler, Albert Ross Jr.; Burr, Stefan (1972). Mathematical models of target coverage and missile allocation (1st ed.). Military Operations Research Society, Alexandria, Va. ASIN B0006W2E2O. OCLC 1183447. 
  2. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Making-Alphabet-Dance-Recreational-Wordplay/dp/0312140320
  3. ^ Eckler, Albert Ross Jr. (1998). The National Puzzlers' League, The First 115 Years (1st ed.). National Puzzlers' League, New York. ASIN B001B3MEEU. OCLC 55705246. 
  4. ^ Farrell, Jeremiah. "Meet the Ecklers". wordways.com. Archived from the original on 1 December 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Reference Books and Periodicals For Puzzle Solvers and Composers, Merlin (updated by Saxifrage), National Puzzlers' League, accessed 2015-02-07; under periodicals this lists "Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics, published quarterly by Faro (Faith and Ross Eckler)".
  6. ^ "Notice of A. Ross Eckler's death". Legacy.com. 2016-12-13. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 

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