Neil Michael Singer

21 November, 193922 April, 2021

Neil M. Singer, of Chevy Chase, Maryland and Nantucket, Massachusetts, died April 22, 2021, after a five-year struggle with cancer. Neil was 81.

Neil was born in New York City on November 21, 1939, but grew up largely in eastern Connecticut. He graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Economics and then earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. Most of his professional life was spent in Washington, D.C. as a professor of economics at the University of Maryland and as a senior analyst and program manager at the federal Department of Defense and the Congressional Budget Office, from which he eventually retired.

Neil’s first marriage ended in divorce. In 1984, he married Sueanne Pfifferling, who survives him. He is also survived by his children Elizabeth Singer (Stephen Weisbrod), Daniel Singer (Alison), and Andrew Singer (Alexandra Citrin) and his grandchildren (Jodie Singer, Lauren Singer, Nina Weisbrod, and Nathan Weisbrod). Neil often commented that their success was his proudest accomplishment.

Neil loved Blueberry Pie ice cream, white clam pizza, the New York Yankees, and duplicate bridge. He was well known on Nantucket as the co-founder, with Joyce Levy, of the Faraway Island Bridge Club, a non-profit club that annually returned several thousand dollars to Nantucket charitable organizations. He also loved word games and crossword puzzles, and was a former rookie of the year at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.

Funeral arrangements are private and a memorial service is planned for a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Nantucket Cottage Hospital.


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Jay Wertheimer

2 May 2021

Neil was one of the nicest men you could meet.
When we discussed politics we often disagreed, but our discussions were polite and respectful and in Neil's case well thought out, so he always had me thinking.
Neil was a formidable bridge player who rarely made a mistake.
My condolences to Susanne and family.
Jay Wertheimer

Helen Hubler

26 April 2021

I am so sorry that Neil has passed away. I knew Neil when he was a senior at Harvard and he was a lot of fun then with a wonderful sense of humor. I know you will miss him. Now he is at peace.
Helen Hubler
Daleville, Virginia