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A. Ross Eckler, Jr.
A. Ross Eckler, Jr.
Birth: 29 August 1927
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Death: 9 December 2016
New Jersey, USA
Age: 89 years, 102 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Albert Ross Eckler, Jr. (29 August 1927 – 9 December 2016) was a logologist, statistician, and author. He was also the gerontology consultant for Guinness World Records in the 1970s-early 1990s period (circa 1974-1991). His father, A. Ross Eckler, Sr.. (1901-1991), was the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, 1965-1969.


While at Bell Labs, Eckler co-authored Mathematical Models of Target Coverage and Missile Allocation with Stefan A. Burr. Eckler is the former publisher and editor of Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics. He wrote a book on logology titled Making the Alphabet Dance. He is also the author of The National Puzzlers' League, The First 115 Years, a history of the National Puzzlers' League (NPL).

Eckler had an additional research interest in genealogy and supercentenarian research. Eckler has disproved exaggerated age claims such as those of Charlie Smithand George Fruits while authenticating others such as Delina Filkins (1815–1928). Eckler's research into the Martha Graham claim suggested she may have been 114 (not 117-118 as claimed) based on the 1900 census.

He and his wife Faith had been married for more than 50 years, and are former NPL editors under the collective nom de plume "Faro" (with variant forms "FAro" for Faith and "faRO" for Ross).


  • Eckler, Jr., Albert Ross; Burr, Stefan (1972). Mathematical models of target coverage and missile allocation (1st ed.). Military Operations Research Society, Alexandria, Va. ASIN B0006W2E2O. OCLC 1183447.
  • Eckler, Jr., Albert Ross (1998). The National Puzzlers' League, The First 115 Years (1st ed.). National Puzzlers' League, New York. ASIN B001B3MEEU. OCLC 55705246.
  • Meet the Ecklers Word Ways (Archived)
  • Reference Books and Periodicals For Puzzle Solvers and Composers, Merlin (updated by Saxifrage), National Puzzlers' League; under periodicals this lists "Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics, published quarterly by Faro (Faith and Ross Eckler)" (Archived)
  • A. Eckler Obituary