INFORMS News: In Memoriam – David Bendel Hertz (1919-2011)

David Bendel Hertz

David Bendel Hertz

Dr. David Bendel Hertz, a founding member and president of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) and a president of The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS), died June 13 in Miami, Fla. He was 92.

Dr. Hertz was internationally renowned for his work in artificial intelligence and neural networks and for his many contributions to operations research and the management sciences. Dr. Hertz received the Kimball Medal in 1981 from ORSA in recognition of his “distinguished service to the Institute and to the profession of operations research and the management sciences.” (ORSA and TIMS merged in 1995 to create INFORMS.)

At the time of his death, Dr. Hertz was a professor emeritus at the University of Miami, where he served as Distinguished Professor of Artificial Intelligence, director of the Intelligent Computer Systems Research Institute and professor of management science as well as law.

Dr. Hertz was a director and general partner of McKinsey and Company, Inc. in New York City for 20 years.

Dr. Hertz published extensively in journals and authored several books, including “Risk Analysis and its Applications” (1983) and “New Power for Management: Computer Systems and Management Science” (1969).

During WW II, Dr. Hertz served as a commander in the U.S. Navy.

Dr. Hertz earned his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he later taught. He also held a master’s degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a J.D. from New York University Law School.

Dr. Hertz is survived by his wife of 70 years, Barbara Valentine, their daughters Barbara Burr and Valentine Kass, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Source: Miami Herald, Wikipedia, INFORMS