The Institute of General Semantics has learned that Bob Eddy, author of Graymanship: The Management of Organizational Imperfection — winner of the 2010 S. I. Hayakawa Book Prize — passed away on March 28th, 2014.
In an email, his sister Marilyn Eddy King recounted Bob’s multiple talents and faceted history:
Bob was a lifelong lover of classical music. In high school, he gained proficiency on the French horn and played with the Santa Cruz High School Orchestra, which performed, at one of its concerts, The Constitution Suite, a work Bob composed and orchestrated with one finger on a neighbor’s piano.
Always athletic, Bob was an avid racquetball player, taking first-place prizes in the Senior division of his state and area. He’d been known to defeat opponents half his age.
As a young man, Bob was a Sea Scout and a naval reserve officer. He completed his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees at UCLA, going on to become worldwide Personnel Director of Levi-Strauss, in charge of human resources for 26,000 employees. He held personnel and training positions at several large, well known corporations, establishing an in-house university at one. Finally, Bob built his own successful management consulting business in the Philadelphia area. His client list is long and numbers many friends and admirers.
Bob had four wives, three children, two step-children, six grandchildren, and was Uncle Bob to six more. His natal family provided him with an older brother and a younger sister, yours truly, who thinks the universe was created so Bob Eddy could be born. That a man so highly intelligent, creative, and exquisitely funny could occur in nature seems surely to have broken some genetic law.
Writes Bob’s sister:
If any of you feels the urge to honor Bob, my best suggestion is to buy his book, Graymanship: The Management of Organizational Imperfection [...] and to share it with others. The book, his magnum opus, represents 40 years of dedicated work and sacrifice and is an enlightening read on dealing effectively with people, on the job and elsewhere. The book received the S. I. Hayakawa award for excellence from the Institute of General Semantics.
Volume 70, Number 4 (October 2013), of the Institute of General Semantics’s quarterly journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics has been mailed and is now available for download from the IGS Store in searchable PDF format.
Starting January 13, 2014, a free online course in general semantics will be offered on Canvas Network (http://www.canvas.net).
Call for Papers: ”‘Making Sense’ through Time-Binding”
A 2-Day Symposium Sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics
October 25-26, 2014
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2014
The Institute of General Semantics is sponsoring the 2-day symposium titled “‘Making Sense’ through Time-Binding,” which will be hosted at the Princeton Club in New York City October 25-26, 2014. The symposium will follow the 62nd Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture, which will be presented by Jack El-Hai on Friday evening, October 24th, 2014.
Email papers, proposals, and inquiries on this year’s theme, “’Making Sense’ through Time-Binding,” by August 31, 2014, to presentations [at] generalsemantics.org.
For more information, contact Martin H. Levinson, President of the Institute of General Semantics, by phone at (212) 729-7973 or via email at presentations (at) generalsemantics.org.
Submissions Open for the 2014 S. I. Hayakawa Book Prize
First given in 2009, the Institute of General Semantics awards the S. I. Hayakawa Book Prize to the most outstanding work published in the past five years on topics of direct relevance to the discipline of general semantics, and includes a cash award of $1,000. Awarded annually by the Institute of General Semantics, its presentation precedes the annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture (AKML).
September 30, 2014 (Deadline) – Nomination Deadline for Sanford I. Berman Award for Excellence in Teaching General Semantics
Applications Open for the Sanford I. Berman Award for Excellence in Teaching General Semantics
The Institute of General Semantics is pleased to announce a new annual teaching award in general semantics: The Sanford I. Berman Award for Excellence in Teaching General Semantics. The award bears a cash sum of $1,000, and recipients will be officially recognized at the annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture (AKML).
The Institute of General Semantics has announced the 62nd Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture speaker to be Jack El-Hai, author of the book The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII (PublicAffairs, 2013).
Volume 70, Number 3 (July 2013), of the Institute of General Semantics’s quarterly journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics has been mailed and is now available for download from the IGS Store in searchable PDF format.
Volume 70, Number 2 (April 2013), of the Institute of General Semantics’s quarterly journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics is arriving in the mail and is now available for download from the IGS Store in searchable PDF format.
The scope of the study and research of general semantics in India has been expanded through the opening of a Nodal Centre of Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics at Smt Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani College, Mumbai.
The Centre was inaugurated on September 11, 2013, and it started functioning immediately thereafter. As a starting point, the Centre plans to institute certificate courses for both undergraduate and graduate students on various principles of general semantics.
In addition, the Centre shall conduct other academic programs from time to time on various aspects of general semantics.