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Statement by Sarah Rosen Wartell, President of the Urban Institute

On behalf of the staff, trustees, and leaders of the Urban Institute, past and present, I am saddened to report the death of  William Gorham, distinguished Institute fellow and president emeritus of the Urban Institute, who served as Urban’s first president from 1968 to 2000.  

Bill was both a giant in the world of public policy research and a kind, funny, warmhearted human who brightened and mentored many lives. His commitment to bringing the power of social science to improve lives and strengthen communities inspired so many over the years.   

We will have more to say about Bill’s life and legacy in the coming days. You can return to this page for updates about the family’s plans and how to pay tribute.   

For now, I offer our condolences to his family and to the many people who were lucky to call him a colleague and friend.   

Washington PostWilliam Gorham, founder of Urban Institute think tank, dies at 91 (January 2, 2022)

New York TimesWilliam Gorham, 1930-2021 (January 7, 2022)