Robert B. Bretzfelder, economist

November 1, 2012
Robert B. Bretzfelder
Economist

Robert B. Bretzfelder, 83, who retired in 1986 from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis as a writer and analyst and then co-owned and operated a photography service, died Oct. 15 at the Washington Home hospice.

He had cancer, said a son, Marc Bretzfelder.

Before joining the Bureau of Economic Analysis in 1970, Mr. Bretzfelder was an economist with the Library of Congress, the Labor Department and the Federal Reserve Board.

From 1988 to 2009, Mr. Bretzfelder and his wife were partners in D&R Bretzfelder Exhibit and Photographic Services. Their Washington-based business sold photographs they took during their travels for publication as well as prints via galleries.

Robert Benjamin Bretzfelder was a New Haven native and a 1952 graduate of Goddard College in Vermont. He received a master’s degree in economics from Syracuse University in 1955.

His memberships included the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. He was a District resident.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Deborah Hirsh Bretzfelder of Washington; two children, Karl Bretzfelder of Annandale and Marc Bretzfelder of Washington; and four grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein