Eric Edwin Lampard Obituary


Dad proudly wore his wool LSE scarf every winter, and frequently spoke of his eminent professors, in particular Professor Lasky, from his days at the school.

Sophie Lampard Dennis

Black and white photo of alumnus Eric Lampard as a young man
Eric Lampard as a young man

We are sad to announce the death of Eric Edwin Lampard, Professor of Economic History and Historical Demography Emeritus at Stony Brook University, New York in April 2023.

Eric had celebrated his 100th birthday last September with former colleagues, students, relatives, and friends in Look Park, Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Originally from the UK, Eric attended the London School of Economics in 1941-42 at Grove Lodge, Peterhouse, Cambridge to where it had been evacuated owing to the war.  During the war he served in the Home Guard, Cambridge University Senior Training Corps, and the Royal Marines in brigade artillery units and combined operations. He served in the Atlantic, European, and Southeast Asian theatres, ending his combat duties at Singapore Naval Base, Seletar, in 1945-46. Returning to LSE in September 1946, he was elected student secretary of Passfield House, Cartwright Gardens, Holborn, the school’s first experience with dormitory life. Among Eric’s distinguished teachers at LSE either before and/or after his war service were R.H. Tawney, H.J. Laski, Herman Finer, W.I. Jennings, F.J. Fisher, Lionel Robbins, and Nicholas Kaldor.
In August 1948 Eric was awarded the BSc (Econ) degree (2 upper div.) While at LSE during and after the war, Eric was a member of the LSE Hockey Club. Meanwhile, he had obtained a position as instructor in history at Cornell College, Iowa, in the USA. Eric went on to study at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where in 1954 he completed a Ph.D. in economic history and land economics with his dissertation on “The Rise of the Dairy Industry: A Study in Agricultural Change, 1820-1920.” This study was awarded the David Clark Everest Prize in Economic History and was published by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Press in 1963. Eric was also awarded a post-Doctoral Fellowship in Economic History at the University of Pennsylvania in 1954-55 where he studied inter alia with Simon Kuznets and Dorothy Thomas, publishing “The History of Cities in the Economically-Advanced Areas,” Economic Development and Cultural Change, vol 3 (1955), pp. 81-156 (later reprinted in several other publications.) In 1957 he published Industrial Revolution: Interpretations and Perspectives (Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association 1957) pp.40. In Cities and Markets: Studies in the Organization of Human Space Presented to Eric E. Lampard, Rondo Cameron and Leo F. Schnore eds. University Press of America, Lanham, Md, New York, and Oxford, 1997) pp.372, his published bibliography then listed 43 publications. Eric also received appointments from such research enterprises as Resources for the Future, the Brookings Institution, and the National Research Council. During 1968-73 he served as American Review Correspondent for The Economic History Review (UK) and directed the Graduate Program in Economic History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison to which he had returned in 1959-70.

In the course of his long academic career, Eric also taught at City College of New York, Columbia Univ., Smith College, and the University of Wisconsin and was a visiting professor at Stanford, Harvard, and Yale Universities. He also contributed “Structural Changes: Introductory Essay” to Inventing Times Square, William R. Taylor ed., pp. 15-35, 372-75. (New York: Russel Sage Foundation 1991), republished by Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1996, as a paperback.

Eric Lampard sits in a wooded area wearing a coat and a baseball bat.

Professor Eric Lampard married Marie Vera Turbow, a children’s art teacher and Russian art history scholar, on September 22nd, 1951, in New York City. They enjoyed 69 years together before her death in 2020. They have one daughter, Sophie Lampard Dennis, and three grandchildren.

Among the many messages received on his centennial birthday was a large colour photograph of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II sending Lampard her “congratulations and best wishes” by Royal Mail from Buckingham Palace, 05.09.22

His daughter, Sophie, had the following to say about her father on his passing:

"My dad spoke fondly of his time at LSE all of my life. He signed up to go to war at 17, before being called up, with the promise of a college education afterwards. His mother was a primary school teacher, and other than her certification he was the first member of his family ever to attend university. His mother was immensely proud of this accomplishment. 

Dad proudly wore his wool LSE scarf every winter, and frequently spoke of his eminent professors, in particular Professor Laski, from his days at the school. Dad was active and interested in his subject right to the end; he attended the regular meetings of The Seminar on The City at Columbia University, even being invited as the Keynote Speaker, for many years into his mid- 90’s. Months before he died , a graduate student of his from the 1960’s sent dad a copy of his new book, which dad read from cover to cover! A pacifist all his life after experiencing first hand the horrors of war, dad is truly the end of a bygone generation. "