Dr. Ernest Dale of Management: the 'Does It Work?' School

Dr. Ernest Dale, a professor emeritus of management at the Wharton School who was known worldwide for his writing and consulting on organizations and the character of leadership, died on August 16 at the age of 79. The former president of the American Academy of Management was, in the words of his son Dorian, a leading proponent of the "Does It Work?" school of management, and had given that title to the memoirs he was writing at the time of his death of a cerebral aneurysm.

Born in Hamburg, Germany, Dr. Dale earned two degrees in economics from Cambridge University in the late 1930s and came to America to take his Ph.D. in economics from Yale. After teaching at Columbia and Cornell, he joined Penn as professor of management in 1964.

By that time he was the author of a dozen books, including the best-selling textbook Management: Theory and Practice. For his writing he had won the Newcomen Award and the McKinsey prize, and several of his works had been published in as many as half a dozen languages. He was also consultant to IBM, DuPont, Renault, Olivetti, Unilever and other giant corporations, and a director at Upjohn and the Tolstoy Foundation. Frequently interviewed by the business and trade press himself, he was noted for his own investigative techniques, such as the parlaying of interviews that led to the recovery of lost papers that shed new light on group approach pioneered at DuPont.

In 1969, at the height of his career, Dr. Dale suffered a massive stroke described by his son as "career-ending. The prognosis was bleak: a three -dozen word vocabulary, limited mobility with a walker, at best. The much-published author and highly sought-after lecturer was relegated to reading one-syllable words over and over again from a "Dick & Jane" reader.

"Thanks to steely determination, unflagging optimism, and a Chinese acupuncturist in gay Paris, he was able to recover more than anybody imagined," Dorian Dale went on. Continuing in advisory roles as Professor Emeritus, he was added to the "Wall of Fame" at the A.M.A. and " the age of 75 traveled on his own to South America where he kept up a vigorous work and social schedule. As successful as he had been professionally, his greatest success may have e been the way he inspired others with his zest for life in the face of adversity."

In addition to his son, he is survived by his brother, Charles; his wife, Heddy; and twin grandchildren, Jedidiah and Lyla.

E.J. Browne, Wharton Reprographics Pioneer

Ernest (E.J.) Browne, a 30-year veteran of the Wharton School administration who guided the growth and modernization of the School's systems for in-house copying, printing and word processing, died on July 12 at the age of 80.

For many years the manager of the Wharton Duplicating Center, Mr. Browne had become Director of Central Services for the School when he retired in 1984.

Joining the University as a senior bookkeeper in the Wharton School in 1953, Mr. Browne oversaw the development of what was originally the Lecture Notes Fund--which provided mimeographed supplemental course materials and exams for Wharton and University classes--into the Wharton Duplicating Center and ultimately into Wharton Reprographics, which not only provides services across the University but is now the largest digital copy center in the Delaware Valley.

As a member of the Faculty Club Board of Governors and its House Committee during the 1980s, Mr. Browne also spearheaded major renovations and the creation of the Hour Glass as a gatheringplace.

For further information, friends may contact Jacqueline Matthews, Director of Human Resources and Administration at Wharton, at 898-8656 or by email at

Robert 'Bo' Brown, Artist and Alumnus

Robert Franklin Brown, an alumnus whose gentle cartoons were a mainstay of campus publications for decades, died on August 23 at the age of 90. One of 'Bo' Brown's best-known figures was the beloved if often befuddled Professor Quagmire, shown here in a drawing he did for Admissions in the late 'seventies when Penn, in expanding its network of alumni recruiters from regional to national, launched a campaign that asked, "Are there any more at home like you?"

Bo Brown was a law student at Penn when he sold his first cartoon in 1930 and launched the prize-winning career that produced nearly 35,000 cartoons for some 700 newspapers and magazines worldwide, as well as serious illustrations in some 20 books. As an undergraduate Mr. Brown had been active with Punch Bowl, The Daily Pennsylvanian and Mask and Wig Club, and he continued to write, coach and direct for the Club, to draw for the Pennsylvania Gazette and Franklin Field Illustrated, and to hold numerous alumni offices including the perma nent presidency of the Class of 1928.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Margaret Brown; a son, R. Franklin Brown Jr., and a granddaughter, Nicole. Memorial funds have been established at the Mask and Wig Club and at All Hallows Episcopal Church in Wyncote.


Volume 43 Number 4
September 17, 1996

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