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GOODMAN
PAUL S.
Carnegie Mellon University Professor Paul S. Goodman, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and internationally recognized organizational psychologist, researcher, author and filmmaker, passed away at his home in Glenshaw on January 24 after suffering a stroke earlier this year. He was 74. The University will host a celebration of his life on Saturday, October 20, at 2 p.m. at the Hillman Center. Paul grew up in Brookline, MA, the second son of Lillian and Morris, a Russian immigrant who put himself through college, founded an accounting firm and provided advice and support to his 12 siblings and their families. Paul was profoundly proud of his father's work ethic and sense of responsibility, and of his mother's independence in returning to graduate school in mid-life to become a social worker and her role in local politics. Paul's stories about his youth included sailing on the Charles River, making movies and spending many hours practicing the piano. He graduated from Trinity College (Conn.) in 1959 with a degree in economics and philosophy. He earned an MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth and a Ph.D. in organizational psychology at Cornell's School of Industrial Administration and Labor Relations. With his first wife. Mary. and their three children, he enjoyed an outdoorsy family life full of hikes, outdoor games, time in Maine and Golden Retrievers. On the faculty of the University of Chicago until 1971, he became involved in the environmental movement, co-founding the Committee on Lake Michigan Pollution, supporting new recycling efforts and hosting a weekly radio show on the environment. He joined the faculty at the Carnegie Mellon's Graduate School of Industrial Administration (now Tepper School of Business) in 1972, ultimately receiving the Richard M. Cyert Professorship of Organizational Psychology. His fundamental belief in the importance of partnerships as a path for innovation and change is evident in his work there. He built alliances between CMU and industry promoting research that was at the same time science and practice-oriented. In India, Latin America, and Singapore he helped build networks with leading universities to use technology to enhance learning. He worked to facilitate Jewish-Arab coexistence in Israel. He helped establish new educational institutions in Singapore, Malaysia and Africa. He authored many books on fundamental concerns in work and organizations from absenteeism and organizational change to technology and innovation. He created more than 20 educational films and a three-part documentary series, The Dabbawallas, Escola de Samba, Shipbreakers (to be released in 2012), about work in developing countries and the lessons it taught. For these efforts, he received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management and Carnegie Mellon's Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions in Excellence in Education. With his second wife, Denise, he raised two daughters once again in combination with outdoor activities and Golden Retrievers. At their second home in Harpswell, Maine, he and Denise created a contemplative place for both to write as well as a playful space for gatherings with their children, grandchildren, and friends. He enjoyed many adventures including a sailing trip from Pittsburgh along the Allegheny, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to the inner coastal waterways around Florida with his colleague Bob Dalton. He lived an intentional, principled life, full of learning, contribution and caring, leavened with a steady stream of humor. An early inspiration was a passage from Thoreau's Walden: "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." Goodman is survived by his wife, Denise M. Rousseau, a University Professor at Carnegie Mellon; three daughters, Jennifer Goodman, Heather Cooke and Jessica White; two sons, Jonathan Goodman and Daniel Goodman; six grandchildren; and, friend and former wife, Mary A. Ireland. He is predeceased by his parents and brother, Richard.
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