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November 17, 2005

News & Opinion: CGU President Robert Klitgaard on Peter Drucker

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 5:29 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

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.
Peters 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 nations highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Peter Drucker arrived in Claremont in 1971, and our school of management has born 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 Peters philosophy that management is a liberal artone 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 familys wishes to celebrate Peters life in the near future. In the meantime, I invite each of you to reflect on what Peters 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 Peters 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.
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Written By:
Robert Klitgaard
President, Claremont Graduate University