In memoriam: F. J. Gould, Professor Emeritus in the GSB
F. J. "Jerry" Gould (B.S.'58, Ph.D.'67), the Hobart W. Williams Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Business, died May 12 at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. He was 62.
A professor of applied mathematics and management science, Gould was a member of the faculty in 1967-68 and from 1972 until 1993. His research activities centered on nonlinear programming, production and inventory. During his tenure he published numerous articles and books on these topics. His 1984 textbook, Introductory Management Science, co-authored with Gary Eppen, the Robert Law Jr. Professor in the Graduate School of Business, is commonly regarded as having changed the way management science is taught by presenting the material from a non-algorithmic point of view.
"Jerry had keen insight into the economic aspects of the mathematical models we worked with," said Eppen of his co-author and colleague. "He also had the ability to inject humor into what is basically non-funny, technological stuff, which endeared him to his students."
Gould received his B.S. in biochemistry in 1958 and his Ph.D. in business in 1967, both from Chicago. He received his M.S. in mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1962.
After beginning his career at Chicago in 1963 as Director of Computing Services, Gould became Assistant Professor in 1967. He left the University in 1968 to teach at the University of North Carolina, and returned to Chicago in 1972; he retired in 1993.
In 1985, Gould co-founded the Investment Research Company, an equity investment advisory firm that currently manages more than $2.25 billion in institutional assets. Gould continued to serve as IRC's chairman until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Karen; two sons, Jonathon and Lawrence, and two stepsons, Matteo Levisetti and Emile Levisetti. Cards and letters may be addressed to P.O. Box 7006, 6658 El Montevideo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.