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Paul Anthony Armknecht Jr.

July 10, 1945July 11, 2021
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Paul Anthony Armknecht, Jr., 76 of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Paul is survived by his wife of 39 years, Cherie; his daughter and son-in-law, Lauren and Steve Murray; his son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Barbara Armknecht; his stepson and daughter-in-law, Brian and Debbie Cameron; his two stepdaughters, Heather Cameron and Tara Cameron; and six grandchildren, Alexandra Murray, Courtney Cameron, Russell Cameron, Brooke Armknecht, Andrew Murray, and Brennan Armknecht. Paul was the only surviving child of Paul Armknecht, Sr. and his wife June.

Paul was born in Shamokin, PA on July 10, 1945 to Paul and June (Bamford) Armknecht. He grew up outside Baltimore, Maryland and earned a Bachelor of Science from Loyola University Maryland in 1967. He went on to attend the Catholic University of America, where he received a Master of Arts in 1971 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1982. He had been a member of several organizations related to the field of economics including the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Conference on Research in Income and Wealth, the American Economic Association and the American Statistical Association.

Paul was an assistant commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC from 1988 to 1995 and subsequently worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) serving as deputy division chief in the Statistics Department until 2006. He was an international expert on price statistics, and while working with the IMF consulted with many developing countries on improvements to their national systems for measuring economic activity. Prior to those roles, he was the Bureau’s chief of the Branch of Consumer Prices from 1984 to 1988, supervisory economist from 1972 to 1983, and economist from 1967 to 1972. He had also been a statistics expert and deputy division chief of the real sector for the IMF. In addition, he was an instructor at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, from 1984 to 1996, and worked at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, as an adjunct professor from 1983 to 1985 and an instructor of economics from 1977 to 1982.

Paul is best known for his work on the development of international manuals on the compilation of consumer, producer, and international price indexes. His work with developing countries has helped many nations work toward better economic measurements and policies. Paul contributed articles to numerous professional journals, economics and statistics conferences, and three international price statistics manuals. He is listed in the third edition of Who’s Who in American Education as well as in the 23rd through 25th editions of Who’s Who in the East.

Paul was a Baltimore Colts fan (until they snuck out of Baltimore) at which time he switched his allegiance to the Washington Football Team (a.k.a. Washington Redskins). He enjoyed traveling and had visited six continents and numerous developing countries in his work with the IMF. Paul was also a dedicated father to his children and stepchildren, coaching sports teams, driving the entire family to Florida annually for vacations, taking his children and grandchildren to Disney World frequently, and bringing his large family on the cruises he and his wife loved. Paul was an avid golfer.

Paul was very active in the founding of the United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley in Germantown, MD devoting his time and resources to the development of the Parish before his retirement to Williamsburg, VA. Paul and Cherie are currently parishioners at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, VA. Paul was incredibly smart, extremely witty, and always empathetic. His sudden passing leaves a great void for his family and many who knew him but we are grateful for the time we had with him and his great love for us.

Visitation will be Friday, July 23 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23188. A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4897 Longhill Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23188 with a reception to follow.

We give thanks for the life of Paul. Memorial gifts may be made to: Loyola University Maryland to fund a scholarship in his name.

Loyola University Maryland, 4501 N. Charles St., JH 210, Baltimore, MD 21210 (www.Loyola.edu)

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

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Marshall Reinsdorf

July 23, 2021

I met Paul at a meeting at Statistics Canada in 1993 and was immediately impressed with how friendly and open he was. As I continued my career in price statistics I got to know him as a colleague and leader of great integrity and intelligence. We had many stimulating and enlightening discussions of the latest issues in CPI measurement over the years.

David Fenwick

July 23, 2021

I was terribly sorry to hear about the passing away of Paul. What shocking and sad news. I had known Paul for about twenty years. I got to know him through work and by attending many meetings and conferences. We collaborated in a number of projects including the writing of international manuals on price indices. I guess the first time I met him must have been at an early meeting of the Ottawa Group on Consumer Prices. He was a great Guy. I considered him a friend as well as a colleague having worked with him over so many years and socialising with him. He was active in the CPI world until the end. He will be missed by friends and colleagues. My condolences to Cherie and the rest of the family.

Segismundo Fassler

July 20, 2021

Paul was one of the nicest persons and colleagues. He was always ready to help others with a smile. He will be missed by all of us we were lucky to know him
Rest In Peace

Segismundo

Therese Turner-Jones

July 19, 2021

To the family and friends of Paul, sharing my condolences on your loss. Paul and I met while I worked at CARTAC in Barbados between 2007 and 2010. He was the consummate professional who clearly loved helping others almost as much as he loved his craft--statistics. He was our CPI specialist --for the non economists and statistically challenged, he taught many statisticians in the Caribbean how to build a consumer price index from scratch and how to revise old outdated models. His work is evident across the region and our indicators of inflation are better for it. It is difficult to lose, a husband, father, friend and colleague. We grieve with you. RIP Paul.

Lisa Squires

July 19, 2021

I was an administrative assistant at the IMF's CARTAC office in Barbados while Paul worked there as a Long Term Adviser. I remember Paul as a cheerful, well mannered individual and an overall pleasure to be around. I remember how much fun we had with him at a Karaoke party which was thrown in his honor when he was leaving CARTAC. My deepest sympathies are extended to his wife, children and family and I pray God's peace and comfort for them all during this difficult time.
Sincerely,
Lisa Squires

Beverly Harria

July 19, 2021

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Paul. To his beloved wife Cherie and the rest of the family I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. I met Paul several years ago while working at the Statistics Department in St.Kitts and Nevis. He was an expert in consumer price statistics who willingly instilled and shared his knowledge with the staff effectively, calmly and patiently. Over the years he made several visits to the department enforcing what he had taught or improving our techniques. He will be greatly missed by those of us whom he interracted with. May his soul rest peacefully.

valentina stoevska

July 14, 2021

I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I knew Paul for over 20 years and have only very good memories of Paul and his very practical approach to index number theory. I learned a lot from him. He has been a good person, unassuming, with a lot of knowledge he was willing to share without any hesitation. He leaves a huge void behind him. He will be terribly missed. May his soul be at peace. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Valentina
International Labour Organisation - Geneva

Glenn Rottmann

July 13, 2021

Paul was not only a great friend, but an amazing youth coach, MVSA administrator, and role model to all. We are truly blessed to have known him for so long and will miss him tremendously. We will always smile when we think of him and all the great memories over the past many years. Paul, you have left us way to early. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Glenn & Dee Rottmann

Debbie Spencer

July 13, 2021

We will always remember Paul as someone who loved golf and enjoyed dinner out with friends. We will miss him. You and your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

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Disney Memories

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Patrick’s graduation at WVU-1993

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Brennan’s high school graduation party-2019

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June 1996-Patrick’s Wedding Day

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June 1996-Patrick’s Wedding Day

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Patrick & Barb’s Wedding Day
June 8.1996

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Paul giving the toast at Patrick & Barb’s wedding

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Beautiful sunny spring day in the Williamsburg countryside with happy family 5-15-21