Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Robert J. Myers

class of 1929
inducted in 1984

Robert J. Myers

Social Security Expert

Robert Myers is often called the nation's foremost expert on Social Security. In 1934, at the invitation of the Roosevelt Administration, he was in Washington on assignment, during which time he wrote actuarial formulas for nine different old-age insurance programs. One of these tables, after revision, later emerged as the Social Security System.

Myers has an engineering degree from
Lehigh University, his Masters in Actuarial Mathematics (University of Iowa) and two honorary doctorate degrees (Muhlenberg and Lehigh).

Myers served with the Social Security Administration from 1934-70, including his term as Chief Actuary from 1947-70. He left this post to teach at
Temple University, Howard University and the University of Connecticut. He returned to Washington in 1981 as Deputy Commissioner of Social security to try to save the system, but resigned as a protest over the failure of congress to enact the necessary legislation to achieve solvency. Before his resignation, Myers was appointed Executive Director of the National Commission on Social Security Reform, and he is endeavoring to resolve the financial problems of the system and restore the public's faith in its long-range viability.

He is a Past President of the Society of Actuaries and a member of several national and international actuarial associations. Myers has been the recipient of numerous awards, the most recent the 1983 Distinguished Citizen Award from the National Health and Welfare Mutual Life Insurance Association. He is listed in Who's Who in
America and Who's Who in the World. His book Social Security was revised and updated in 1981. Myers was in Grenada on a technical mission for the Organization of American States during the coup and he and his wife, Ruth, left on a chartered plane shortly before the arrival of U.S. Marines. The Myers, who reside in Silver Spring, Maryland, have two sons and three grandchildren