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Posted: 12/20/03

Atlanta Meeting Awards

INFORMS Bestows Kimball Medals on Gray, Sauter

  
INFORMS President Tom Cook (far left) and Kimball Medal Committee Chair Bob Abrams (far right) congratulate 2003 recipients Vicki Sauter and Paul Gray.
Paul Gray, a former president of TIMS, and Vicki L. Sauter, a former treasurer of INFORMS and secretary of ORSA, received the George E. Kimball Medal at the 2003 INFORMS Meeting in Atlanta. Kimball Medal Committee Chair Robert Abrams made the presentations. The Kimball Medal is presented annually in recognition of distinguished service to the Institute and the profession. Steve Pollock and Gary Lilien joined Abrams on the committee.

"It's a great feeling to know you have made a difference," Sauter said. "I started because I wanted a diversion, I wanted something different to do, and I wanted to give something back to the profession. ... I challenge all of you here today to get involved, to make a difference, to infuse the society with new ideas. Do it because it's a nice diversion, it's fun and you make friends, but more than that, do it because the society needs you."

Gray credited the late Bob Machol, then secretary of ORSA, for getting him involved in the Society back in 1968. Gray also urged the audience "to participate in INFORMS and to find ways to contribute to the Institute. It's easy to get involved, and I think you'll find it worthwhile and personally rewarding," Gray concluded.

Following are excerpts of the citations read by Abrams:

Vicki L. Sauter, professor of Management Information Systems at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, has compiled a remarkable record of service to ORSA, TIMS, INFORMS and IFORS. Her involvement with the societies began as an officer of the student chapter of ORSA at Northwestern University where she received her B.S. and M.S. degrees, and in 1980 her Ph.D. degree. Since that time she has held administrative and editorial positions for the societies, chaired many committees and served on many others.

Professor Sauter was instrumental in the activities leading to the merger of ORSA and TIMS and in the formation of INFORMS. She was the first INFORMS vice president for Subdivisions. In that position, she directed the merger of ORSA sections and TIMS chapters into their current forms and established fora to accommodate other ways of associating members.

As chair of the OR/MS Board Policy and Procedures Manual Committee, she single handedly wrote the original Policy and Procedures Manual for INFORMS. After her term as INFORMS vice president for Subdivisions, Professor Sauter was elected treasurer of INFORMS. She was also chairperson of both the Finance and Investment Committees. In addition, she chaired the INFORMS Marketing Strategy Committee and continues to serve as associate editor of INFORMS Online.

Before the merger Professor Sauter played active rolls in both ORSA and TIMS. For TIMS, she was chairperson of the St. Louis Gateway Chapter and vice chairperson and then chairperson of the College on Public Programs and Processes. For ORSA, Professor Sauter served as secretary and as co-secretary of the OR/MS Board. During that time she managed the five referendums that led to the merger of ORSA and TIMS. She was also chair of the ORSA Student Affairs Committee and of the Committee on Student Membership.

Professor Sauter was the general chairperson of the 1987 ORSA/TIMS National Meeting in St. Louis. Her other activities for ORSA and TIMS include Board Liaison for Prizes and Awards, and the position of chairman of the Job Placement System Development Committee.

Paul Gray's long and distinguished career and his consistent dedication to furthering the OR profession have produced great benefits for the field and its professional societies. He earned degrees from four different universities, completing his doctorate in OR at Stanford in 1967. Prior to his academic career, he spent 18 years in industrial R&D organizations, including nine years at SRI International. He is professor emeritus and founding chair of the School of Information Science at Claremont Graduate University.

His leadership role in developing and nurturing the IS area is reflected in numerous editorial positions, including founding editor of the Communications of the Association for Information Systems and of International Information Systems and editorial positions for the International Transactions in Operations Research, Operations Research, Management Science, Interfaces and Group Decision Support Systems.

Dr. Gray provided extensive service to INFORMS, TIMS and ORSA. He joined both ORSA and TIMS in 1962, served on numerous committees since the early 1970s and was lecturer in the ORSA/TIMS Visiting Lecturer Program (1971-86). For ORSA, he served as editor of the ORSA Bulletin (1969-71), when it contained sections that eventually developed into Interfaces, chaired the publications committee (1971-73), chaired the membership committee (1973-75) and served on ORSA Council (1988-91). For TIMS, he served as the representative to the National Research Council (1975-79), representative to AACSB (1975-81; 1983-86), secretary (1975-79), VP at large (1983-1986) and president (1992-93).

He served as president of Omega Rho (1988-1990) and was co-chair of the INFORMS merger transition committee (1993-94). He was installed as a founding INFORMS Fellow in 2002.


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