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November 14, 2009

A Message from Dean of The Wharton School, Tom Robertson about Ackoff Memorial Service

Dear Colleagues,
 
As many of you already know, Penn lost a great citizen when Russell L. Ackoff passed away on October 29, 2009 at the age of 90. Russ was the Anheuser Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science, a transformative scholar dubbed the “father of operations research,” and an admired colleague, teacher, mentor, and friend. He had been on the Wharton faculty from 1964 until he retired in 1986, although he continued to be involved with programs in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Wharton.
 
The Penn community will honor Russ’s legacy on February 12, 2010, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Ambani Auditorium, Jon M. Huntsman Hall. This date was selected by his family as it would have been his 91st birthday. There will be a reception immediately following in Huntsman Hall’s Patty and Jay H. Baker Forum. All are invited to attend.
 
The Ackoff family has requested that all charitable gifts in memory of Russ be directed to the Russell L. Ackoff Systems Thinking Library at Penn. Your tax-deductible contribution, payable to the "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania," can be mailed to:
Organizational Dynamics
School of Arts and Sciences
Office of External Affairs
3615 Market Street, Floor 2Philadelphia, PA 19104-6318
 
Donations may also be made online at https://medley.isc-seo.upenn.edu/giving/jsp/fast.do?program=SAS&fund=843142
 
The Penn Program in Organizational Dynamics also is collecting memories of Russ. If you would like to add your own, please email them to dynamics@sas.upenn.edu with “Russ Ackoff” in the subject.
 
Sincerely,
 
Tom
 
 
Thomas S. Robertson
Dean
 
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
3620 Locust Walk
1000 Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall
Philadelphia, PA  19104-6364

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November 07, 2009

Ackoff Memorial Service Date Set

NEWS BULLETIN

NOVEMBER 6, 200

from BECKY COLLINS ~ collinsb@sas.upenn.edu

The Memorial Service for Dr. Russell Ackoff will be held on February 12, 2010 (at The Wharton School, Huntsman Hall, 38th and Walnut St., Philadelphia), which would have been Dr. Ackoff’s 91st birthday. The Ackoff family has requested that all financial donations, gifts, and support in memory of Russ should be directed to the Russell L. Ackoff Systems Thinking Library in Organizational Dynamics at University of Pennsylvania. Your tax-deductible contribution, payable to the "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania," can be mailed to:


Russell Ackoff Memorial Fund

Organizational Dynamics

School of Arts and SciencesOffice of External Affairs
3615 Market Street, Floor 2
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6318

Donations may also be made online at Russell Ackoff Memorial Fund:

https://medley.isc-seo.upenn.edu/giving/jsp/fast.do?program=SAS&fund=843142

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