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William Alfred Spurr


William Alfred Spurr, American educator.


Spurr, William Alfred was born on December 24, 1905 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of J. Edward and Sophie (Burchard) Spurr.


Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, Harvard, 1925. Master of Business Administration, 1928. Doctor of Philosophy., Columbia, 1940.


Financial statistician Western Electric Company, 1930-1935. Assistant, associate professor statistics, acting department chairman business research U. Nebraska, 1937-1941. Senior economist unites states department Commerce, 1941-1942, principal industrial economist statistics div.

War Production Board, 1942. Associate professor statistics U. Chg., 1946. Professor business statistics Stanford Graduate School Business 1946-1969, professor emeritus, 1969-1975.


  • Author: Seasonal Variations in the Economic Activities of Japan, 1940. (with Kellogg, Smith) Business and Economic Statistics, 1954, review, 1961. (with Bonini) Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions, 1967, review, 1973.

    Also monographs. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member Harvard Eclipse Expedition to Sumatra, 1925-1926, Geological Survey Expedition to Alaska, 1928, Rampart Dam Survey in Alaska, 1965. Served to lieutenant commander Air Corps, United States Navy Reserve, 1942-1945. Member American Statis Association (president San Francisco chapter 1949), National Association Business Economists, American Association University Professors (president Stanford chapter 1957-1958).


Married Elizabeth Mackey, 1935. Married second, Hallie Rucker, 1946. Children: Diana E., Patricia R., Roberta B., Edward H., John L. Security analyst Clark Dodge & Company.

J. Edward Spurr

Sophie (Burchard) Spurr

Elizabeth Mackey

Hallie Rucker

Diana E. Spurr

Patricia R. Spurr

Roberta B. Spurr

Edward H. Spurr

John L. Security analyst Clark Dodge & Co Spurr