The Academy community mourns the loss of one of its most active and dedicated members, Ann Buchholtz, who died September 14th from complications related to a recent surgery.
Ann just completed her term as an At-Large member of the Academy’s Board of Governors at the Annual Meeting in Vancouver. She was widely considered an expert on ethics and corporate social responsibility and so found her home in the Academy’s Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division.
SIM Division Chair, Harry Van Buren of the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management, wrote that “detailing Ann’s many contributions of scholarship, teaching, and service to both field and community only tells part of the story of her influence. Ann was a mentor to SIM doctoral students and new faculty members for decades.”
Ann was Professor of Leadership and Ethics and Research Director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University. She received her Ph.D. from New York University and also served on the faculties of the University of Connecticut and the University of Georgia.
Ann’s service to the division and the Academy of Management was extensive, including service as SIM PDW, Program, and Division Chair in addition to her just-completed term on the AOM Board of Governors. Ann received the Sumner Marcus Award for her outstanding contributions of scholarship and service to the Social Issues in Management field at the 2015 Academy of Management annual meeting in August.
Dr. Van Buren also recalled that, “In gathering information about her in preparation for the Sumner Marcus Award this August, someone wrote this to me: ‘She is the ‘Embodiment of the Ethic of Care’. She takes care of everyone-her colleagues, her students, her friends and her bosses. She’s the kindest, most forgiving person I’ve ever seen.’ I think this quote captures who Ann was for those of us who knew her, and her absence will be felt by all of us.”
Fellow SIM Division members have been sharing their remembrances of Ann on the division’s listserv. SIM is also encouraging all who knew Ann to use their Facebook page to contribute to their permanent online memorial to friend and colleague, Ann Buchholtz.