A Tribute to Our Founding Father, Professor Bernard J. “Bud” LaLonde

Date01 March 2018
Published date01 March 2018
A Tribute to Our Founding Father, Professor Bernard J. Bud
Thomas J. Goldsby and Walter Zinn
The Ohio State University
This editorial pays tribute to the founding editor of the Journal of Business Logistics, Professor Bernard J. BudLaLonde, who passed
away recently. Professor LaLondesinuence on the eldand the individuals that compose itis immeasurable. We reect on his
career, achievements, and motivations for creating JBL. Further, we attempt to build on his proud legacy with an introduction of articles fea-
tured in the current issue.
Keywords: crowdsourced logistics; retail supply chains; supply chain sustainability; triple bottom line
Sir Isaac Newton is credited with humbly admitting If I have seen
a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.This
sentiment poignantly depicts the cumulative nature of knowledge
accrual essential to the growth of any discipline. Sadly, the Logis-
tics discipline lost one such giant recently. Dr. Bernard J. Bud
LaLonde, the founding editor of the Journal of Business Logistics,
died peacefully at his home in Granville, Ohio, on December 1,
2017. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1933. He earned a
bachelors degree in Economics from Notre Dame and a masters
degree from the University of Detroit before earning his PhD from
Michigan State University in 1961. Upon graduating from Michi-
gan State, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Color-
ado before returning to Michigan State in 1965. Four years later, he
would join the Marketing and Logistics faculty at The Ohio State
University, where he would remain for the balance of his career.
Professor LaLonde is regarded as one of the forefathersof the
modern discipline of Supply Chain Management. He founded the
JBL in 1978. He was named the Raymond E. Mason Chaired Pro-
fessor of Transportation and Logistics in 1985. Dr. LaLonde
received numerous international awards and recognitions during his
career, including the CSCMP Distinguished Service Award, Harry
E. Salzberg Medallion, and the Eccles Medal. He authored more
than 120 articles, several monographs, books, and book chapters,
including one of the earliest textbooks on physical distribution. Dr.
LaLonde codirected the Supply Chain Management Research
Group and served as a resource to countless businesses around the
world. His greatest passion was mentoring students, and he chaired
over 60 doctoral dissertations.
To learn more about the man behind these foundational works
and monumental accomplishments, we encourage readers to view
the interview that Professor James Stock conducted with Dr.
LaLonde in 2007 (Stock 2007). As Stock alludes at the outset of
his conversation, We often read the persons books and journal
articles; we listen to their presentations at academic and/or profes-
sional meetings, and sometimes even have individual discussions
with them at various events and venues. However, we rarely get to
knowthe person beyond the professional aspects of their careers.
We are grateful to Professor Stock for seizing the opportunity to
conduct these insightful personal interviews that allow current and
future students of Logistics and Supply Chain Management to get
to know Professor LaLonde and other luminaries of our eld.
When asked by Stock to recount the most signicant accom-
plishment of his academic career, LaLonde offered the following:
In my whole career, 60 doctoral students. I think of all of the
things Ive done... thats been the most important thing Ive
done. Because this is a rare business... this academic business;
you can clone yourself, you know, long before the biologists can
gure out how to do that, and we have people all over the world
that, hopefully, Ive inuenced in a positive way and [they] have
started their own programs, so its kind of cloning yourself and
being able to impact the future generations in the discipline and
thats kind of a rare thing that academics have a corner on. So of
all the things Ive done I would rank that number one.
Upon learning of Professor LaLondes passing, touching
expressions of sorrow and admiration were offered by the profes-
sors former doctoral students. A small sample of the reective
sentiments goes like this:
He was always so positive about Logistics, being a profes-
sor, and life. (Ernest Cadotte)
Corresponding author: Thomas J. Goldsby, Department of Market-
ing & Logistics, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State Univer-
sity, 2100 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210, USA;
E-mail: goldsby.2@osu.edu
Journal of Business Logistics, 2018, 39(1): 46 doi: 10.1111/jbl.12177
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