Dr. Marten S. Estey, professor emeritus of management in the Wharton School, passed away December 5, 2012, at age 94.
Born in West Lafayette, Indiana, Dr. Estey graduated from Purdue University in 1940. He was awarded his PhD in economics from Princeton University in 1952.
After serving on the faculties of Cornell University (1948-1951) and Michigan State University (1951-1955), he joined Wharton as associate professor of management and industrial relations in 1956, where he remained until his retirement in 1988. His area of research in labor relations made him a sought-after expert to professional and public service organizations, including the Council of Economic Advisors, Mercantile Minimum Wage Board for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Industrial Relations Research Association, and American Arbitration Association, among several others. Dr. Estey also served on the Council of Economic Advisors from 1968-1970, and enjoyed sabbaticals in New Zealand, Portugal and Berkeley, CA.
During his career, Dr. Estey published more than 25 books and research papers on topics that included employee wages, unionism, wage policies and labor force changes. In addition to teaching and writing, he served on various administrative committees, including the Faculty Senate. Known as a skilled arbitrator, he helped to negotiate a revised grievance procedure for Penn faculty in 1987-1988.
"As a colleague, he was unfailingly fair. He got along with everyone, even those who were notoriously in conflict with each other," recalled Dr. Peter Cappelli, George W. Taylor Professor of Management in the Wharton School.
Dr. Estey is survived by his son, James Arthur II; daughter, Patricia Wilson; grandsons, Chris and Scott Wilson; and a great-grandson, Bryce Stoller.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 2, at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church at 11:30 a.m. An "In Memoriam" was created on Wharton's website: http://bit.ly/VQjlzb
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