In Memoriam: Paul R. Kleindorfer

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Emeritus Professor Paul Kleindorfer of The Wharton School passed away August 24, 2012 in Paris, France, after a struggle with ALS.  He was 72 years old.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Kleindorfer came to Wharton in 1973 after completing his Ph.D. 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, Paul 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 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, Paul published over 25 books and numerous research papers.

After retirement, Paul 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 multiyear insurance policies in a competitive market, assessment of catastrophe risk and potential losses to industry, restructuring initiatives in network industries, and risk management and sustainability strategies for carbon-intensive industries.

In June 2012 Paul 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 Morris Cohen.

Paul 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 Paul 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.

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4 comments on “In Memoriam: Paul R. Kleindorfer

  1. What an incredible proffessor he was, loved every minute of his classes and he was so generous with his time. He will be greatly missed.

  2. What a great man, academic and human being Paul was. He has made such an impact on me as a person, and as an academic. I will greatly miss you Paul. You were such a generous and always happy person. God bless your soul.

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