Palo Alto Online - Lasting Memories - Lincoln E. Moses's memorial

Lincoln E. Moses
Dec. 21, 1921-Dec. 17, 2006
Portola Valley, California

Lincoln E. Moses, a Stanford University professor emeritus of health research and policy and of statistics, died Dec. 17, 2006, at his home in Portola Valley. He was 84.

Moses held a duel appointment at Stanford's Department of Statistics and the School of Medicine's Department of Health Research and Policy. He founded the medical school's Division of Biostatistics.

He was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 21, 1921. He received a bachelor's degree from Stanford in 1941 and a PhD in statistics from Stanford in 1950. He was a graduate student when World War II began and spent five years in the Navy before resuming his Stanford studies. He spent two years on the faculty of Columbia University before returning to Stanford to teach in 1952.

He was the head of the Department of Statistics in 1964-68 and was associate dean of humanities and science in 1965-68 and again in 1985-86. He served as dean of graduate studies in 1969-75. Moses served in the Energy Information Administration under President Jimmy Carter in 1978-80.

"Lincoln was a big imposing man with a big white beard and his name was Moses and he sort of inspired that kind of feeling in people," said Bradley Efron, professor of statistics and health research and policy. "He was a very competent man."

Moses shared a love of bird watching with his second wife, Mary Lou. They traveled to Africa, the Arctic Circle, China and Mongolia on bird-watching quests.

He is survived by Mary Lou Moses and nine children, five from his first marriage and four stepchildren from his second.

Tags: veteran, teacher/educator

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From Tom Stewart
Feb. 24, 2013
Dr Moses energetic lectures in 1963 inspired my life long interest in statistics. I'd love to know his views on Bayesian probability

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