Friday, November 11, 2005
Peter Drucker died today at the age of 95. I was fortunate enough to have been taught by Peter Drucker. He was an amazing man. RIP Peter.
A message from the President of CGU
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Peter Drucker, internationally renowned author and consultant, “the father of modern management,” the Marie Rankin Clarke Professor of Social Science and Management, husband, father, grandfather, dear friend, and cherished colleague.
Peter passed away on November 11, 2005; he was 95 years old. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife of 68 years, Doris, and their four children and six grandchildren, and all of those who were close to this extraordinary man.
Peter’s career as a writer, consultant, and teacher spanned an incredible 75 years. His groundbreaking work turned modern management theory into a serious discipline.
As Dean Kees de Kluyver of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management observes, “What distinguishes Peter Drucker from many other thought leaders in my mind is that he cared not just about how business manages its resources, but also how public and private organizations operate morally and ethically within society. He respected the values of education, personal responsibility, and business’ accountability to society. His true legacy is his insistence on this value system, and its effect on business, society, and individual lives.”
Peter received numerous awards and citations throughout his career. In 2002 he received our nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Peter Drucker arrived in Claremont in 1971, and our school of management has borne his name since 1987. His presence and dedication to its mission has brought prestige, honor, and resources to both the School and the University. The School adheres to Peter’s philosophy that management is a liberal art—one that takes into account not only economics, but also history, social theory, law, and the sciences. His integrating vision inspires the entire university in our commitment to transdisciplinary study.
Over the coming days, there will be numerous tributes to Peter and his amazing contributions. CGU will come together – in accordance with the family’s wishes – to celebrate Peter’s life in the near future. In the meantime, I invite each of you to reflect on what Peter’s legacy means to you and how working together we can carry it forward, in our work and in the way we live. CGU, through the School that bears his name and the Drucker Institute, is committed to carrying Peter’s legacy forward and we invite executives, scholars, writers, and representatives from all sectors to join us in this important task.
(You can visit this link on the CGU website to remember this internationally recognized man and our friend, Peter F. Drucker.
"It emerged yesterday that one of the 57 victims [of the Jordan terrorist bombing] was Mustapha Akkad, the producer of the Halloween horror films, and one of few Arabs to have succeeded in Hollywood.
Mr Akkad, 68, emigrated to America at the age of 19 but remained an Arab at heart and was often critical of the way Muslims are depicted in American movies. “In Hollywood, Muslims are only terrorists,” he said in a New York Times interview in 1998."
Sad. maybe if more people of Arab extraction would deal with their own who are terrrorists rather than criticizing those who depict and demonize terrorists Mr. Akkad would be alive today and not had to die such a gruesome death.
Will the Paris riots turn out to be nothing? Or is it a clash of civilizations akin to the World Trade Center bombings, the London bombings, Madrid, Bali, Jordan, et al? Are Muslims able to coexist with Christians, Jews, atheists, agnostics, and followers of other religions? My ignorant belief is that Muslims cannot. They have been indoctrinated to believe that because of their beliefs that they are superior and cannot except their role in the world, especially if they have immigrated to a Western society and they see themselves as unsuccessful. Where some immigrants lash out against their host countries in many ways, the violence that seems to be prevalent in Muslims upset with their lot in life is something to be fearful of. Now, how do we act against this fear? Fight back, appease, or wait for things to die down. The future does not look bright.