Jeffrey Katzer: Formal announcement

Gretchen Whitney gwhitney at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Mon Mar 6 08:22:22 EST 2000

Date: Sun, 05 Mar 2000 17:16:52 -0500
From: "Raymond F. von Dran" <vondran at>
Organization: School of Information Studies

Jeffrey Katzer, professor and associate dean in the School of
Information Studies, died Saturday, March 4. He was 58.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m. in
Hendricks Chapel.

A member of the Syracuse University faculty since 1968, Katzer played a
key role in positioning the School of Information Studies as a national
leader in the information field. He helped develop and launch the
school’s undergraduate program in information management and
technology--the first of it kind the country. He also built the school’s
Ph.D. program into a leading national program. He was twice appointed
interim dean.

“The School of Information Studies and the information profession
at-large are stunned by the loss of a colleague who had such a profound
affect on us all,” says Raymond von Dran, dean of the School of
Information Studies. “Jeffrey was an inspired faculty leader and a
gifted organizational developer. He came to the school some 30 years
ago, when we were a small library program, and he leaves us as a
nationally ranked information school and an acknowledged leader in our
field. Jeffrey has been responsible in large part for all that we have
become, and his memory will inspire us to yet achieve all he had hoped
that we would be.”

As associate dean, Katzer was responsible for faculty development and
oversaw curriculum development and research activities within the
school. His research areas included leadership and change in
organizations; the information behaviors of managers; and the effects of
the Information Age on work, international competitiveness and society.

In 1992, Katzer received the Outstanding Information Science Teacher
Award, presented by the American Society for Information Science and the
Institute for Scientific Information (ASIS). He served as a consultant
to several national and international organizations, including
SouthWestern Bell, the U.S. Department of State, UNESCO, Brookhaven
National Laboratories and the International Institute of Management
Development. He also provided executive-level training to thousands of
public-sector managers and mid-level professionals in the United States
and in more than 75 developing countries.

Katzer was a member of the American Society for Information Science, the
Association of Information Systems, the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for
International Scholars and the Association of Library and Information
Science Education.

The family asks that those who desire to memorialize Katzer contribute
to the doctoral student fund established in the School of Information

Katzer is survived by his wife Linda, and his children Andrew and Jill.

Raymond F. von Dran
School of Information Studies
Syracuse University
4-179 Center for Science & Technology
Syracuse, New York 13244-4100
Phone: 315-443-2736
Fax: 315-443-5806
E-mail vondran at

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