University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research

Irene Hess Memorial Service

Irene HessWhen: October 30, 2009, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Where: Hussey Room Michigan League
Reception following.

Speakers: Robert Groves, Robert Kahn, James Jackson, James Morgan, and others

For more information, contact Patrick Shields,, (734) 764-8369


University of Michigan Obituary: Irene Hess dies at 98
Survey statistician Irene Hess, who educated generations of graduate students in the conduct of scientific surveys, died July 5 in Ann Arbor, MI, of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 98 years old. Although she officially "retired" from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) in 1981 at the age of 70, Hess remained active professionally through her late 90s, walking to work at the ISR Survey Research Center from the campus apartment she had lived in since 1954 when she began working at the full obituary

interview with Irene Hess
AmStat News Interview, September 2008 (pdf)