A public memorial service honoring the life of legendary educator and leader Peter F. Drucker will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Little Bridges Auditorium. Drucker, 95, died Nov. 11.
He was born in Vienna, Austria, and fled in 1937 to the United States, where he later became a naturalized citizen. His career as a writer, consultant, and teacher of management theory spanned more then seven decades, earning a reputation as one of the world's great management thinkers. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Bush in 2002.
Drucker wrote more than 30 books, including a novel and an autobiography. His first, The End of Economic Man: The Origins of Totalitarianism (1939) was followed by an immediate bestseller in the United States and Japan called Concept of the Corporation (1946), which he wrote after studying General Motors' management structure for two years. During his career, Drucker taught at Sarah Lawrence College, and then Bennington College in Vermont. He later became a professor of management at New York University's Stern School of Management.
From 1971 until his death, he served as the Marie Rankin Clarke Professor of Social Science and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He also kept up his writings during that time, serving as an editorial columnist for The Wall Street Journal and frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review.
Saturday's memorial service will be hosted by the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at CGU. An informal reception will follow at 4 p.m., at which time attendees may capture their memories of Drucker on video as part of a legacy project for the Drucker Institute.
For more information, contact the Drucker School alumni affairs office, 909-607-7359, or visit: http://www.cgu.edu/pages/3764.asp.