We Remember

This page is for us as community to remember members of ISSS and also to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of systems.

Mary Catherine Bateson 1939 - 2 January 2021
From Nora Bateson post on Facebook:
My big sister. My beautiful, brilliant big sister. I would not be me if it weren't for her.
On Saturday, January 2, Mary Catherine Bateson died holding the hand of her daughter. She had been home for the last six months with her grandchildren.
Her life has been an inspiration to so many people. Her work, her mind, her heart... all brought great rigor and warmth to this world. I have such memories... and tears, and gratitude.
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Mary Catherine Bateson was a speaker at ISSS in Berlin. She joined in many conversations with ISSS members during a memorable week in Berlin.
Jocelyn Chapman suggested this link as a tribute
This interview from On Being:

Charles Bocage died of a heart attack on August 21, 2020.
Charles was a regular contributor to the early Saturday online ISSS SIG Sessions. His last ISSS conference was Corvallis 2019. He was a member of the Science, Spirituality and Systems Science SIG and the Systems and Mental Health SIG. Here is a video recording of the graduate student Charles Bocage at ISSS Corvallis 2019
He was a consultant specializing in human resources, specifically employee selection, strategic planning, financial management, personality assessment and academic and career advising. He had an impressive background that spanned leadership in the US Military with responsibility for operations and deployment of over 240,000 servicemen and women and 6,000 aircraft and ships throughout the Pacific and East Africa. He served in executive administrative positions with leading academic institutions. While Director of the Hawaii Technology Institute, he revolutionized the curriculum by developing a state of the art, technology based, Career Development Program which provided students with the skills to obtain careers after graduation at a 95% employment outcome. The Career Development Program was widely recognized and praised by the Accrediting Commission resulting in an astounding initial five-year accreditation appointment. His doctoral studies at Saybrook University were related to improving leadership within the family, specifically foster parent training by demystifying spirituality. Up until he died he wanted to provide a structure to increase the success of trauma mediation using secular spirituality techniques such as mindfulness meditation and yoga.
Jack Ring peacefully passed away on April 22nd, 2020, at the age of 85 in Mesa, AZ after a hard battle with liver cancer.  Jack has been an active supporter of Systems Science development. He contributed to the joint programs between ISSS and INCOSE.  Up until weeks before his death he was participating in online meetings with joint ISSS and INCOSE members to develop a proposed ISO standard "Do No Harm".  He was a keen supporter of the Systems Literacy Initiative. He worked with Derek Caberra educating K-12 students on systems concepts and approaches. Jack was a member of ISSS. He recently authored a Technical Report for INCOSE entitled "About Intelligent Enterprises:A Collection of Knowledge Claims" available from the INCOSE website.
From Len Troncale. Past-President and fomer Executive Director ISSS "he was always on the alert for bringing in new, younger voices that might have something to contribute. What will we do without him? I will very much miss his stimulating challenges and his sponsorship. Jack, despite his challenges, was a very loving and giving person.  We are a little bit less a people with his passing."
He was born in St John, Kansas on April 14th, 1935, also known as Black Sunday.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, whom he resided with in Gilbert, AZ; his sister, Barbra Atterbery from Tribune, KS; his son, Jordan Ring from Glendale, AZ; his daughter, Kelly Ring Orosy from Krum, TX; and his stepchildren and grandchildren. Jack graduated from St John High School and Emporia State College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.  Jack had a passion for Science and Technology and was a member of several professional societies, including MENSA and INCOSE.  Jack volunteered many hours as a mentor to his peers, and served as Board and Council members for numerous organizations, including The University of Advancing Technology and Starshine Academy.  In his later years, he devoted his time to researching how people think and learn, and worked to create a new teaching pedagogy to enhance the K-12 educational system.  He always had a love for red corvettes and racing cars, but nothing compared to his love for his wife, Mary Lou and his children.  Jack will be remembered for his kind heart, eccentric style, and superior intellect.  He was greatly loved and is greatly missed.

Prof. Enrique Herrscher
A Festschrift in PDF for Charles Francois from his widow, Gloria.
Dear Colleagues of Systems Science,

Prof. Enrique Herrscher passed away peacefully at his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 30 December 2019, ten days after celebrating his 90th birthday on 20 December.  Enrique Herrscher was an ad vitam honorary Professor at the University of Buenos Aires and a visiting professor at several other Argentine universities. He was the 49th President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) from 2004 to 2005 as well as the adjunct chair of the Special Integration Group on Systems Applications to Business and Industry (SABI) for numerous years.  In 1966, Herrscher was the Argentine representative at the 9th World Accounting Congress in Paris, France.
He was a founding member and former Vice President of the Latin American Association of Systemics (ALAS).  Herrscher authored 10 books and over 100 papers.  In 1986 he was appointed as Fulbright fellow-in-residence at California State University, in Sacramento, CA.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrique_Herrscher
2002, Accounting and Management – A Systemic Approach to Action-Oriented Information, Macchi, 216 pages.
2003, Systemic Thinking – Walking the Road of Change or Changing the Road, Granica, 270 pages.
2005, Systemic Planning - a Strategic approach to managing under uncertainty, Ed Macchi.

~ Alexander Laszlo
Alexander Laszlo, Ph.D. | President
Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science :: BCSSS
Vienna, Austria

ISSS Member Silvia Zweifel from Argentina created this tribute video.