My maternal grandfather, Joel Baxter Dirlam, was an economist who consulted and was a university professor throughout his career. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1936, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and earned his doctorate in economics from Yale in 1947. The delay in his PhD was due, in part, to a move he made to New York City where his social life revolved around musician and artist friends. In New York he also met and married (in 1941) my grandmother, Barbara Burdick Rowland. The young couple moved about as he worked to support them and to complete his degree. Eventually my mother, their oldest child, was born in 1943, as Joel worked on research with his best friend and fellow doctoral candidate, Alfred Kahn (who, many years later, would become semi-famous for de-regulating the airline industry under President Jimmy Carter) and getting his thesis in order. He was then further delayed by world events.
|Fred Kahn and Joel Dirlam in 1938|
working on their dissertations
|Front of Discharge Certificate|