Supply Chain Matters was very saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of Dr. Donald J. Bowersox, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University.

Dr. Bowersox was a legend and pioneer in the concepts of logistics and distribution. Over his academic career he authored over 250 articles on transportation and logistics and many noteworthy books which continue to be a well-recognized resource for logistics professionals.

Dr. Bowersox was the last living founder of the National Council of Physical Distribution Management (NCPDM) which was later renamed to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). A tribute to Dr. Bowersox is posted on the CSCMP web site.

As a young supply chain professional this author, along with other inspired professionals, looked forward to many of Dr. Bowersox’s talks at the annual NCPDM and CSCMP conferences. They were often one of the ‘must-see’ presentations.

Dr. Bowersox will be missed by many in our profession and our thoughts and prayers remain with his family.

Bob Ferrari