July 24, 2000
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Amherst College has named Geoffrey Woglom, a professor of economics at the college since 1978, as the first Richard S. Volpert '56 Professor of Economics.

The Volpert Professorship was created by the honoree's son and daughter-in-law, Barry S. Volpert '81 and Teri Coleman Volpert, earlier this year in honor of the 65th birthday of Richard S. Volpert.

Raised in Lake Placid, New York, Richard S. Volpert graduated from Amherst College in 1956 and received a law degree from Columbia University in 1959. Since 1995 he has been a partner at Munger Tolles and Olson, a law firm in Los Angeles, where he and his wife, Marcia Flaster Volpert, raised their four children, three of whom are Amherst graduates. He was previously a partner with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and with O'Melveny & Myers.

Richard Volpert serves many philanthropic organizations in Southern California, as President of the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, as President of the American Jewish Committee's Los Angeles Chapter and formerly as Chairman of the Board of Counselors at the USC Law Center, among many other activities.

Barry Volpert is a managing director and partner for Goldman Sachs International. He and his wife, Teri Coleman Volpert, live in London with the couple's twin sons and a daughter.

Geoffrey Woglom, who received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Yale University, specializes in the study of macroeconomics and monetary economics. The Richard S. Volpert '56 Professorship of Economics is given to support a faculty member who has shown distinction in teaching and research concerning free market economics.