Paul Volcker Fast Facts

WASHINGTON -  Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker testifies before the Joint Economic Committee May 14, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The full committee met for a hearing on "Wall Street to Main Street: Is the Credit Crisis Over and What Can the Federal Government Do to Prevent Unnecessary Systemic Risk in the Future?"
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Here's a look at the life of Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Birth date:
September 5, 1927
Birth place: Cape May, New Jersey
Birth name: Paul Adolph Volcker
    Father: Paul Volcker Sr., town manager
    Mother: Alma (Klippel) Volcker
    Marriages: Anke Dening (February 11, 2010-present); Barbara (Bahnson) Volcker (September 11, 1954-June 14, 1998, her death)
    Children: with Barbara Volcker: Janice Louise, August 20, 1955; James Paul, May 1958
    Education: Princeton University, B.A., 1949; Harvard University Graduate School of Public Administration, M.A., Political Economy and Government, 1951; Attended the London School of Economics, 1951-1952
    Other Facts:
    Graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University.
    Was the first Henry Kaufman Visiting Professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University.
    Professor Emeritus of International Economic Policy at Princeton University.
    Chairman of the Group of Thirty, Consultative Group on International Economics and Monetary Affairs, Inc.
    1949 and 1950 -
    Summer research assistant at the New York Federal Reserve.
    1951-1952 - Rotary Foundation Fellow at the London School of Economics; chooses not to complete doctoral program.
    1952 - Works as an economist in the research department of the New York Federal Reserve.
    1953-1957 - New York Institute of Finance faculty member.
    1955 - Becomes a special assistant in the New York Federal Reserve securities department.
    1957 - Resigns from the New York Federal Reserve to become a financial economist at Chase Manhattan Bank.
    1962 - Joins the Treasury Department as director of the Office of Financial Analysis.
    November 17, 1963 - Is appointed deputy undersecretary for monetary affairs.
    1965 - Rejoins Chase Manhattan bank as vice president and director of forward planning.
    1969-1974 - Serves as undersecretary of the Treasury for Monetary Affairs.
    1974-1975 - Senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
    August 6, 1979-August 11, 1987 - Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
    September 1987-June 1990 - Chairs the National Commission on the Public Service, commonly known as the Volcker Commission. The commission's purpose is to study ways to attract more able-bodied citizens to public service and away from the private sector.
    1987-1996 - Serves as chairman for the law firm Wolfensohn & Company.
    August 15, 1996-December 1999 - Is appointed chair of the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons. The committee is charged with investigating the fate of Jewish assets held between 1933 and 1945 in now dormant accounts held in Swiss banks.
    February 2002-November 2003 - Chairs the second National Commission on the Public Service. This commission is tasked with the streamlining and reorganization of federal pay and performance guidelines.
    April 2004 - Is appointed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to chair the Independent Inquiry Committee tasked with investigating the Oil-for-Food Program in Iraq.
    2009-2011 - Serves as chairman for the Obama administration's Economic Recovery Advisory Board established to provide ways to improve the U.S economy.
    January 21, 2010 - President Barack Obama proposes the Volcker Rule as part of the Financial Reform Bill originally set to take effect July 21, 2012. Banks will no longer be allowed to own, invest or sponsor hedge funds, private equity funds, or proprietary trading operations for their own profit, unrelated to serving their customers.
    2013 - Launches The Volcker Alliance, a nonprofit foundation focused on improving how government implements policy at the federal, state and local levels.
    September 30, 2015 - Princeton University says Volcker has donated his public service papers to the university. The documents are mainly from his time as Fed chairman.