Enrique Lerdau, economist

Enrique Lerdau, 85, an economist who retired from the World Bank in 1987, died April 22 at the Washington Home and Community Hospices in the District.

He had cancer, said his daughter, Nora L. Howley. Mr. Lerdau was a Chevy Chase resident.

A specialist in Latin American and Asian issues, Dr. Lerdau had worked for the World Bank for more than two decades. He previously was an economist with the Organization of American States and the United Nations.

Heinz Lerdau was born in Hamburg, Germany. He left Germany with his family in 1938, after the rise of Adolf Hitler, and settled in Peru, where he took the name Enrique.

He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the National University of San Marcos in Lima in 1949 and a doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1954. He settled in the Washington area in 1960.

Dr. Lerdau did volunteer work for the blind and belonged to Machar, a Washington congregation for secular humanistic Judaism, as well as a book group in Friendship Heights and the 1818 Society of World Bank retirees.

His wife of 46 years, Louise Prober Lerdau, died in 1998. Survivors include two children, Nora L. Howley of Silver Spring and Manuel Lerdau of Charlottesville; a sister, Ruth Hayn of Silver Spring; and five grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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