Kepner-Tregoe Founder Dies

Apr 21, 2005, 01:00 ET from Kepner-Tregoe, Inc.

    PRINCETON, N.J., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Bruce Keener, CEO and president
 of global consulting and training firm Kepner-Tregoe, Inc., announced today
 the death of Benjamin B. Tregoe on April 20, after a long battle with non-
 Hodgkin's lymphoma. Dr. Tregoe was 77. "Dr. Tregoe was an innovative pioneer,"
 said Mr. Keener, "who was passionately committed to improving the critical-
 thinking capabilities of managers and workers in organizations around the
     In 1958, based on extensive field research, Dr. Tregoe and his partner,
 Dr. Charles H. Kepner, formulated a systematic thinking process for problem
 solving and decision making. At the time, these activities were typically
 considered to be a function of instinct and "gut feel." The result was the
 Princeton, NJ-based company known today as Kepner-Tregoe, Inc., which
 continues to improve the problem-solving and decision-making skills of
 hundreds of organizations around the world.
     Kepner-Tregoe revolutionized management education. The company was the
 first to develop a "train-the-trainer" model, which transferred skills to
 trainers who, in turn, imparted them to coworkers. This approach, along with
 process consulting, remains standard practice in the field of organization
 development. Dr. Tregoe was elected to the Human Resource Development Hall of
     Dr. Tregoe was a strong proponent of "Basic Beliefs" as a dynamic force
 for guiding organizational behavior. Said his former colleague John W.
 Zimmerman, "The concept of Basic Beliefs was as integral to the strategy
 formulation process that Ben and I developed as considerations around
 products, markets, capabilities, and financial results."
     Dr. Tregoe co-authored the management classic, The Rational Manager, as
 well as The New Rational Manager: An Updated Edition for a New World; Top
 Management Strategy: What It Is and How to Make It Work; Vision in Action:
 Putting a Winning Strategy to Work; The Culture of Success: Building a
 Sustained Competitive Advantage by Living Your Corporate Beliefs; and Analytic
 Processes for School Leaders.
     In 1993, Dr. Tregoe realized a long-held dream when he established the
 nonprofit Tregoe Education Forum to develop the problem-solving and decision-
 making skills of middle and high school students.
     Dr. Tregoe was born in San Francisco on December 23, 1927.  After serving
 in the U.S. Marine Corps, he received his bachelor's degree from Whittier
 College and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University. He also received an
 honorary LL.D. from Whittier College. He served on the boards of many
 organizations, including Whittier College, The J.M. Smucker Company, the
 National Alliance of Business, The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, and
 the Princeton Day School. He was chairman of an advisory committee to the dean
 of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. He is a
 past member of the Young Presidents' Organization and the Chief Executives'
     Dr. Tregoe is survived by his wife, Jeannette Tregoe; two daughters,
 Cynthia Richetti and Elizabeth Gonzalez; one son, Benjamin B. Tregoe III; and
 two grandchildren, Kaleigh and Gavin Richetti.
     Contact: Peter Tobia
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