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Philadelphia Daily News from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · Page 43

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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Russell L. Ackoff, a scholar who cared By JOHN F. MORRISON morrisjphillynews. com 215-854-5573 Ackoff RUSSELL L. ACKOFF was a brilliant Wharton School professor, much in demand as a lecturer and consultant, author of dozens of books, but in the streets of Mantua he was plain Russ Ackoff, a man who cared. "He really cared about people of color, saidC.B. Kim-mins, longtime antidrug crusader and civic leader who worked with Russ on many projects of benefit to the hard-pressed Mantua community Russ worked initially with the late civic firebrand Herman Wrice on community projects back in the '80s, established Adopt-a-Neighborhood for Development (AND) to get corporations to provide funds for needy neighborhoods, and was a fount of ideas to help Mantua. He would sit in on meetings of Mantua Cares, which he helped found along with Wrice, last attending a meeting several weeks ago, in pain and using a walker. "He said he was going to have surgery to relieve the pain," Kim-mins said. Russell Ackoff, professor emeritus of management science at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, author or co-author of 31 books and hundreds of articles on the subject, died Thursday of complications of hip-replacement surgery. He was 90. He had lived in Bryn Mawr for 22 years before moving to the Quadrangle in Haverford this year. Russ was a pioneer in the field of operations research, systems thinking and management science. But in Mantua, a predominantly black community in which 44 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, this white academic from Penn, which is only a few blocks away, sought to find ways to help the people. Russ Ackoff and Wrice, who thought nothing of taking a sledgehammer to the doors of drug dens, met in 1985. "They would sit in a park and talk about what the community needed," Kimmins said. "His relationship with the people is his legacy," said Wrice's son Tony, also a community activist. "He could fit in anywhere. Color was not his issue." "Nobody could come between them," Tony said of their relationship. "They knew how each other thought. It was amazing how they could talk about social issues, things going on in society. The two minds challenged one another." Wrice died in 2000. Jason Magidson, president of the board of AND, met Russ Ackoff when he took one of his management cours es. Magidson later went to work for Glaxo-SmithKline when Russ convinced the drug giant to provide funds for community development. "Russ' idea was to get Glaxo to adopt a neighborhood," Magidson said. "Glaxo adopted Mantua and started a program in Durham, NC. His idea was that other companies would follow." E. Darnell Ryans, president of Mantua Cares, said that Russ' involvement with Mantua "started with what do we do, how do we make things better. "After a year, I really got to know Russ and understood how relevant he was. It was a blessing to me to have had that experience." Russ was born in Philadelphia to Jack Ackoff and the former Fannie Weitz. He received a bachelor's degree in architecture from Penn in 1941. He served in the Army in the Philippines during World War II. After the war, he met and married Alexandra Makar. She died in 1987, after which he married Helen Wald. He taught at Wayne State University and the Case Institute of Technology School of Engineering before going to Wharton to teach in a fledgling graduate business program. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Alan W. Ackoff; two daughters, Karen Ackoff and Kar-la Ackoff Kachbalian, and a stepson, Richard Wald. Services: A memorial service will be held at a later date. FuneralAnnouncements PLEASE VIEW AND SIGN THE ONLINE GUEST BOOK AT PHILLY.COM ADAMS JANE G. (nee Gorman), on October 28, 2009, of Swarth-more, formerly of Yeadon. Beloved wife of 56 years of the late Robert T. Adams. Devoted mother of Linda of Havertown, R. Scott (Marie) of Ocean City NJ, D. Craig, Sr. (Grace) of Emmaus PA and Carl R. (Ann) Adams of Havertown; also survived by 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Service Saturday, November 7th, 11:30 A.M., The Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Ave., Swarthmore PA 19081. Reception immediately following at the Church. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Church. (Arr. LOGAN FUNERAL HOME, Havertown ) BUCK THOMAS P. SR. "TUCKER" on November 1, 2009. Father of Thomas P. Jr. Brother of James, Kathleen Begley (Butch), and Ronald. Tom grew up in the Kensington section of the city and was an avid sports fan. He especially loved the Eagles, Phillies, 76'ers, and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. We will miss his passion for sports and are sure that he has a front row seat up there, looking down on his favorite teams. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing Friday 7-9 P.M. at the HUBERT M. McBRIDE FUNERAL HOME, 23S7 E. Cumberland St., Phila, PA 19125 . Int. Private. CRINITI JOANN, passed away peacefully on Oct. 31, 2009 surrounded by family and friends at her home. She is survived by her son Mark Regalbuto. Relatives and friends are invited to her Memorial Mass that will be held Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 10 A.M. at St. Monica's R.C. Church, 2422 S. 17th St. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Monica R.C. Church. Int. Holy Cross Cem. Arr: JOSEPH T. SEKULA FUNERAL HOME INC. DOUGHERTY JAMES P. on Oct. 31, 2009 of Blackwood, NJ, formerly of S.W. Phila. Beloved husband of Amy (nee Lord). Devoted father of Jim (Teresa), Amy (Pat) Rush, Thomas (Paula), Bob (Donna). Also survived by his 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing and Funeral Fri. 9:30-10:45 A.M. at St. Barnabas Church, 6300 Buist Ave., Phila., PA 19142. Funeral Mass 11 A.M. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in James's name can be made to the above church. Condolences can be made at Arrangements byD'ANJOLELL-STIGALE MEMORIAL HOME, 3260 Concord Road, Aston. FEHER CHARLES 11209. Hancock FH FLORENCE AMOS JR. aka "PROCESS JUNIOR". November 2, 2009. Memorial Service Friday, November 6, 2009, 11 A.M., Zion Baptist Church, Broad and Venango Sts. Int. Private. Arr. SABBATH FUNERAL SERVICE FORI) HAYWARD T., Nov. 1, 2009. Relatives and friends are invited to Memorial Service Sat. 1 P.M. at CHRISTOPHER G. KENT FUNERAL HOME INC., 6506-20 Haverford Ave., Phila. PA. Interment private. GRIFFIN JOANN Oct. 28, 2009. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, 11:00 A.M. at SAVIN FUNERAL HOME, 802 North 12th St. Viewing 9:30 A.M. Interment Mt. Peace. See the Death Notices at philly"com GUY CHARLOTTE KOHLER, age 96, on October 30, 2009, of Ridley Park, PA. Beloved wife of the late Rev. James Harold Guy. Loving mother of James H. Guy Jr., Ronald K. Guy, and the late Charlotte Elizabeth Guy. Dear sister of the late Betty Jane Yates. Also survived by her grandchildren Angelique Stephens and Kristofer R. Guy, 6 great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter. Relatives and friends are invited to her Memorial Services on Saturday, Nov. 7th, at 11 A.M. at Ridley Park Presbyterian Church, Ridley & Swarthmore Aves., in Ridley Park, PA 19078; where friends may call in the Church Parlor after 10 A.M. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Charlotte's memory to the above named Church or to the Lupus Foundation of America, Rydal Square, 500 Old York Rd., Suite 110, Jenkintown, PA 19046 would be appreciated. To send condolences visit (GRIFFITH FUNERAL CHAPEL, Norwood, PA) HANEY MARY L. (nee Bacon), on Nov. 3, 2009, age 82. Beloved wife of Edward J. for 59 years. Loving mother of Theresa Martin, Irene Shovlin (Charles), Constance M., and Mary Louise. Devoted grandmother of Theresa Ferraro (Paul), Connie Gallagher (Daniel), Charles Shovlin Jr. and Edward J. Shovlin. Great grandmother of Dominic Ferraro, Matthew Ferraro, Brian Ferraro, Connor Gallagher and Dillon Gallagher. Also survived by her brother Joseph Bacon and her sister Josephine Bacon. Relatives and friends are invited to her Viewing and Funeral on Friday, Nov. 6th 9-10 A.M., St. Bernard R.C. Church (Cottage and Bleigh Sts.). Funeral Mass 10 A.M. Int. Holy Sepulchre Cem. Arr. JAMES A. McCAFFERTY F.H. 215-624-4200 JOHNSON VERNEZ D., Oct. 28, 2009. Relatives and friends are invited to Funeral Mass 10 A.M. at St. Rita of Cascia Church, 1166 So. Broad St. Viewing 9 to 10 A.M. Int. Private. Funeral Services entrusted to: CHRISTOPHER G. KENT FUNERAL HOME INC., 6506-20 Haverford Ave., Phila. PA. PAGE 44 PHIL ADELPHIA DAILY NEWS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009

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