Weatherhead School faculty member Harvey Salkin passes away

Harvey SalkinHarvey Salkin, who served on the faculty of the Weatherhead School of Management for 43 years, passed away earlier this month after suffering complications and a stroke after surgery. He was 67.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Salkin earned a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree from Cornell University and a doctorate in operations research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Salkin joined the university faculty in 1969 as an assistant professor at age 24 and was promoted to full professor at age 35. Throughout his career, he taught more than 10,000 students in classes such as “Operations Research and Supply Chain Management,” “Decision Theory” and “A Study of Power: Criteria Essential to Its Rise and Fall.” He also helped organize the SAGES program, beginning in 2006.

Salkin’s research—including several textbooks and scholarly articles—focused on areas such as investment management, optimization, economics, history and geopolitics, and logistics.

Outside the classroom, Salkin was an investment adviser and was involved in mutual fund development, asset management and financial planning. In addition, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Navy in undersea warfare and communication from 1972 to 1984.

“Harvey was a unique individual who followed his own instincts in his research and teaching. While trained in operations research with a PhD from RPI, he loved to apply his analytic skills more broadly especially in investments where he was an adviser and funds manager as well as a teacher,” said J.B. Silvers, interim dean of Weatherhead School. “His outspoken opinions, passion for teaching and wide-ranging interests will be missed. We offer our sympathy to his family on this sad occasion.”

Salkin is survived by his wife, Laura; sons Jonathan and Randy; two grandchildren; brother, Arnold; and sister, Cynthia.

Contributions to Salkin’s memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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  1. Steven Schoenwald

    08/20/2012

    Professor Salkin always made it a point to come up to me and say hello whenever we passed each other in Weatherhead. I thoroughly enjoyed the classes I took with him and can honestly say I learned a lot from them. Prof. Salkin even offered to write letters of recommendation on my behalf and mentioned we should keep in touch. I’m very disappointed to hear of his passing. May God bless him and his family; he will be in my prayers.

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  2. Shawn Flowers

    08/20/2012

    Professor Salkin was without a doubt the most memorable and unique professor I had during both an undergraduate and graduate degree at Case. He was not interested in fitting into a common mold and as a result he helped distinguish real world skills from the purely academic in a manner that was truly beneficial to his students. He was a bright spot and his contribution and spirit will be sorely missed by the Weatherhead School. Beyond that he was a good man, and it is a very sad news that he will no longer be with us.

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