Dow Votaw Professor Emeritus, Dies at 83
Dow Votaw, a former acting dean and professor emeritus of the Haas School 's Business and Public Policy group, was known for his groundbreaking work on corporations and social responsibility. He died of heart failure on March 29, 2004, at the age of 83.
Votaw was appointed to the business school as an instructor in 1948, and became full professor in 1959. He served as associate dean for nine years and as acting dean for two years. He also chaired the school's Business and Public Policy group from 1972-1980.
With Dean Emeritus Earl F. Cheit, Votaw began teaching a course on the political, legal, and social environment of business in 1959. It was the same year such studies first appeared. Their work laid the foundation for the emergence of the Business and Public Policy group at the school, and the field itself.
Votaw wrote in a 1973 issue of California Management Review that business leaders who fail to exercise real social responsibility may eventually lose their leadership roles in society and see their own organizations collapse.
“Dow wrote authoritatively in the fields of the corporation and antitrust law,” recalled Cheit. “His skill in academic administration and the quality of his scholarship were widely recognized. He was a colleague whose dedication, whose warmth, and whose wit will be missed by everyone who knew him.”
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Professor Emeritus C. West Churchman Passes Away
Charles West Churchman, a professor emeritus at the Haas School of Business who was a pioneer in management science and ethics, died Sunday, March 21, in Bolinas , California . During a career spanning six decades, Churchman investigated a vast range of topics including accounting, research and development management, city planning, education, mental health, space exploration, education, and peace and conflict studies.
Andrew Shogan, associate dean and professor at the Haas School, said that Churchman is among a handful of persons who each is widely regarded as a “founding father” of the field of knowledge known as management science, operations research, or decision sciences. The field uses mathematical models to gain insights into a diverse set of decision problems arising in business, industry, and government.
“After spending much of his career focusing on applied mathematics, West devoted much of his subsequent work to social issues, such as world hunger,” said Shogan.
Churchman joined the School of Business Administration at UC Berkeley in 1958 and initiated master's and doctoral programs in operations research. He also helped found the Center for Research in Management Science.
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