Heller, Walter Wolfgang
- Christopher D. O’Sullivan
Heller, Walter Wolfgang (27 August 1915–15 June 1987), chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Ernst Heller, a civil engineer, and Gertrude Warmburg. Both parents were German immigrants. In 1935 Heller received an A.B. from Oberlin College, where he earned election to Phi Beta Kappa. He did his graduate work in economics at the University of Wisconsin and received his M.A. in 1938 and a Ph.D. in 1941, specializing in finance and taxation. At the time, Heller received a Social Science Research Council grant to study income tax laws in thirty-one states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Heller married Emily Karen Johnson, also a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, in 1938. They had three children....