Emeritus Professor Paul Kleindorfer of The Wharton School passed away August 24 in Paris, France, after a struggle with ALS. He was 72 years old.
A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Dr. Kleindorfer came to Wharton in 1973 after completing his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University, and joined the newly formed decision sciences department, now operations and information management.
As the Anheuser-Busch Professor of Management Science, Dr. Kleindorfer served Wharton in a number of roles, including two terms as department chair, vice dean of the doctoral programs, and co-director of the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center with Wharton professor Howard Kunreuther, a role in which he served until his retirement in 2006.
His research and teaching interests spanned the department's mission and included decision processes, information systems/information technology and operations management. During his career, Dr. Kleindorfer published over 25 books and numerous research papers.
After retirement, Dr. Kleindorfer accepted a faculty position at INSEAD where he was the Paul Dubrule Professor of Sustainable Development and Distinguished Research Professor. He was active in research until his death and had an international reputation in the areas of operations management, energy and risk management. His most recent research focused on single-year and multi-year insurance policies in a competitive market, assessment of catastrophe risk and potential losses in industry, restructuring initiatives in network industries, and on risk management and sustainability strategies for carbon-intensive industries.
In June 2012, Dr. Kleindorfer was named an MSOM Fellow by the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society of INFORMS and prepared an acceptance speech, which reflected his recent research and was delivered by his former colleague Dr. Morris Cohen.
Dr. Kleindorfer is survived by his wife, Stephanie; his three children, Sonia, Geoffrey and Erin; and four grandchildren.
The operations and information management department at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has established the Paul R. Kleindorfer Memorial Fund in honor of Dr. Kleindorfer and the contributions he made to the discipline, department and school. Contributions may be sent to Alison Matejczyk at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 344 Vance Hall, 3733 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Please make checks payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania with "Kleindorfer Fund" written in the memo field.
A celebration of Paul Kleindorfer's life will be held on November 14, at 4:30
p.m. on the 8th floor of the Jon M. Huntsman Hall, at 38th and Walnut Streets,
with a reception immediately following.