Jack Rockart, the beloved co-founder of MIT CISR and its director from 1974–2000, passed away on February 3, 2014. Although Jack had retired from CISR in 2002, he remained active until last year, participating in weekly research staff meetings, attending CISR sponsor events, and counseling researchers on their projects and presentations. His passion for IT management research inspired future generations of academics; many can trace back to an interaction with Jack as a pivotal moment in their career development. And many of his former students credit Jack with profound insights that guided their IT management careers.
Special Note: The John F. Rockart Memorial Fund has been set up at MIT to provide support for PhD students at MIT Sloan with preference for students in the IT group. If gifts to the fund reach $100,000 by June 2019, the fund will be an endowment fund. To make a gift to this fund, please go to https://giving.mit.edu/givenow/ConfirmGift.dyn?desig=3898240.
We at MIT CISR mourn his loss while thanking him for his enormous contributions. Please share your memories of Jack.
Read the tribute that MIT CISR director Jeanne Ross delivered at the memorial service
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