Robert Tannenbaum, 87, a retired professor at the University of California, Los Angeles's Anderson Graduate School of Management who broke ground in the study of leadership in business, died of congestive heart failure March 15 at his home in Carmel, Calif.
With co-author Warren H. Schmidt, Dr. Tannenbaum came into prominence in the management field in 1973 with the publication in the Harvard Business Review of "How to Choose a Leadership Pattern." The article described a leadership continuum ranging from an autocratic manager -- "the leader makes the decision and announces it to the group" -- to a more democratic process in which employees are deeply involved in decision-making.
The article was considered a significant new way to view leadership in organizations.
Robert Engelmore, 68, a Stanford University computer scientist and an authority on artificial intelligence, died March 25 in Princeville, Hawaii, after an apparent heart attack.
Dr. Engelmore, who lived in Menlo Park, Calif., was helping to rescue his 5-year-old grandson while swimming in Hawaii during a family vacation when he apparently suffered the seizure.
Dr. Engelmore had served as executive director of the Heuristic Programming Project at Stanford's Computer Science Department. He also had been an editor of AI (Artificial Intelligence) magazine, the author of more than 25 scientific articles and an authority on medical and military applications of artificial intelligence.
B. Vincent Davis
B. Vincent Davis, 72, retired director of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky, died March 28 at a hospital in Lexington, Ky., after a stroke. He had Parkinson's disease and arthritis.
Dr. Davis, who headed the graduate school of foreign affairs from 1971 to 1993, was a former special adviser to the then-director of central intelligence, Navy Adm. Stansfield Turner, from 1977 to 1981.
Dr. Davis was the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including "The Admiral's Lobby" and "Reorganizing America's Defense," and had served on the State Department's historical declassification committee.
Roland De Marco
Finch College President
Roland De Marco, 92, who served as president of Finch College from 1951 to 1970, died March 21 in Rochester, N.Y. The cause of death was not reported.
He joined what was Finch Junior College, a women's liberal arts school on Manhattan's Upper East Side, as dean. In 1949, he became the administrative head when its founder and first president, Jessica Garretson Cosgrave, died.
As president, Dr. De Marco oversaw an expansion that transformed Finch into a four-year institution with its own art museum. An economic slump in the early 1970s forced the college to close in 1975.
Harry Ellis Dickson
Violinist, Boston Conductor
Harry Ellis Dickson, 94, a conductor who was a decades-long fixture at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and who was the father of Kitty Dukakis, the wife of 1988 Democratic Party presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, died March 29 in Boston. The cause of death was not reported.
Mr. Dickson, a violinist, began his career with the orchestra in 1938 and performed with it for 49 seasons. A close friend of Boston Pops founder Arthur Fiedler, he was named assistant conductor of the Boston Pops in 1958 and founded the Boston Symphony's Youth Concert series in 1959.
Mr. Dickson became associate Pops conductor in 1980 and was appointed the Boston Classic Orchestra music director in 1983. He was named the symphony's music director laureate in 1999.
Boleslaw Wierzbianski, 89, a founder, publisher and former editor in chief of the Polish-language newspaper Nowy Dziennik, died of pneumonia March 26 at a hospital in New York.
During the 1950s, he was a contributor to Radio Free Europe broadcasts. He served as a member of the New York City Commission on Human Rights under Mayor Edward Koch. In 1971, along with a group of friends, he founded Nowy Dziennik and became its publisher. Until 1997, he also served as its editor in chief.
Nowy Dziennik now has a circulation of 25,000 readers throughout the United States, Canada, Israel, Poland and other European nations.