(Charles) West Churchman, former chair of philosophy, and
former adjunct professor who was instrumental in the field
of management, died on March 21 at the age of 90. During
a career spanning six decades, he 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,
and was widely regarded as a founding father of management
science. He also made numerous contributions in the area
of operations research.
Churchman received three degrees from Penn, his B.A, in
philosophy in 1935, his master's in philosophy in 1936,
and his Ph.D. in symbolic logic in 1938 and joined Penn's
philosophy department shortly thereafter, serving as assistant
professor of philosophy from 1939-1948. From 1945-1978,
he served as chairman of the philosophy department.
taught at Wayne (State) University in Detroit, Case Institute
of Technology in Cleveland, and the University of California,
Berkeley. In 1953, while at the Case Institute, Dr. Churchman
founded the first graduate M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Operations
Research. He then served as an adjunct to the Operations
Research and Social Systems Sciences Programs in Wharton,
1973-1986. He was the principal philosopher behind the
systems movement and wrote several of the most important
books on the subject, including The Systems Approach
and its Enemies (1979).
Dr. Churchman was the president of the Institute of Management
Science, and served as editor in chief of both Philosophy
of Science and Management Science publications.
He also founded Management Science while editor
in chief of Philosophy of Science. Dr. Churchman
gave consultation to numerous organizations, including
NASA, the Office of Education, NIH, U.S. Wildlife Services,
and several corporations. He served on the Texas Energy
Council, the Educational Testing Service Research Committee,
and USAID, an organization targeting world malnutrition.
Churchman is survived by his wife, Gloria; son, Josh Wharton
Churchman; and two grandchildren.
memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 6:30-8:30
in Room F85, Jon M. Huntsman Hall.
Service: Dr. Davenport
University community is invited to a memorial service for
Dr. William Davenport, professor emeritus of anthropology,
who died on March 12, at the age of 82 (Almanac April
6, 2004). The memorial service will be held on Monday,
May 24, at 2 p.m. at the Penn Museum.