INFORMS News – In Memoriam: Jeff Arthur (1952-2017)

Jeff Arthur

Jeff Arthur, professor emeritus with the Statistics Department at Oregon State University and a longtime and active member of INFORMS, passed away Nov. 12, surrounded by loved ones. He was 65.

Professor Arthur was a member of the INFORMS Meetings Committee for many years dating back to 1998, when he served as program chair of the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Seattle. Among his many awards, Professor Arthur was a recipient of the OSSSO Teaching Award from the OSU Department of Statistics in 1982 and 1998, a finalist for the Carter Award for outstanding graduate teaching, College of Science, at OSU in 1992, 1993 and 1994, and a recipient of the Carter Award in 1998.

His research interests included mathematical programming and applications, computational aspects of optimization, and optimization modeling of environmental issues.

“Jeff was a vibrant member of the Meetings Committee for over 10 years,” recalls Rina Schneur, a former president of INFORMS who also served on the Meetings Committee. “Vibrant in many ways, from his Hawaiian outfits to having fun activities to bringing up some great ideas. We were a tight group of six, like a family, that met four times a year. We got a lot of important business done, with a lot of fun intertwined.”

Adds Jeff Camm, an INFORMS Fellow and another member of the Meetings Committee: “[Jeff Arthur’s] passion for the profession improved INFORMS meetings, but his love of people and his love of life are what I will remember most about him. He had a wonderful way of making any meeting fun. He treated everyone with respect. He will be greatly missed.”

Born in South Bend, Ind., on July 28, 1952, Professor Arthur attended Purdue University where he received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in operations research. He then shared his knowledge and passion as a professor in the Statistics Department at OSU from 1977 through 2011.

Professor Arthur spent his retirement traveling the world with his wife Becky and enjoying life to the fullest. He especially enjoyed food and the arts; most of all, he loved experiencing them with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Becky, son Kyle, daughter-in-law Emily, stepchildren Ellie and Seth, grandsons Julian and Jason and brothers Mike and Robert. ORMS

Sources: Oregon State University,
Corvallis Gazette-Times