Lee Lillard died in 2000. He was the first Director of the Michigan Retirement Research Center. He was Professor of Economics and Senior Research Scientist, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan. Lillard was an applied econometrician and labor economist who worked jointly with many and diverse co-authors, Lillard made important contributions to the study of life-cycle earnings, marriage, fertility, divorce, mortality, intergenerational mobility, and a wide variety of other issues of general interest. Before joining the U-M in 1998, Lillard spent 20 years with RAND where he was the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Aging.