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Alice Mitchell Rivlin H’76

Alice, a master of budgetary policy who served as founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, died May 14, 2019.

An economist known for her evenhanded analysis and unflappable demeanor, Alice weaved in and out of government service over a career spanning more than five decades. During her long affiliation with the Brookings Institution in Washington, she served as a moderating influence on politically driven ideologies.

“She was the decathlete of public policy,” economist Robert Reischauer told The Washington Post. “There is almost no area of public policy where she wasn’t active and contributing at a very high level, and that’s extremely unusual.”

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