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APICS Establishes Memorial Fund for a Supply Chain and Operations Management Pioneer

To honor J.R. Tony Arnold’s lifelong commitment to supply chain and operations management education, APICS The Association for Operations Management and the APICS Educational and Research Foundation have created a fund to further the profession 

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Chicago, IL (September 28, 2012) – APICS The Association for Operations Management and the APICS Educational and Research Foundation today announced a fund in memory of author, educator, practitioner, and APICS volunteer J.R. Tony Arnold, CFPIM, CIRM, who passed away September 21, 2012. 

The APICS Board of Directors is deeply saddened by the passing of J.R. Tony Arnold. Arnold's contributions to APICS and the entire supply chain and operations management community are immeasurable and enduring. To honor his memory the APICS Board has authorized establishment of a fund in the name of Tony Arnold with the APICS E&R Foundation. APICS has committed initial funding of $250,000 to the fund. 

Arnold authored Introduction to Materials Management, one of the preeminent textbooks in the supply chain and operations management field. In addition, he contributed greatly to the APICS “Basics of Supply Chain Management” course and the “Fundamentals of Materials and Operations Management” series. 

“Tony’s contributions to supply chain and operations management cannot be overstated and are evident in the more than 97,000 APICS CPIM designees around the world and the countless individuals who have participated in APICS Fundamentals and Principles courses.,” said APICS Board of Directors chair, Marc Harris, CPIM, CSCP. “We are hopeful that, through this fund, Tony’s legacy of excellence will live on for years to come.” 

Throughout his long career and involvement in APICS, Arnold gave tirelessly of his time and talent to introduce many young minds to the APICS body of knowledge as professor and mentor to his students at Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. 

“Tony was a good friend, mentor and valued colleague for many years,” said Introduction to Materials Management coauthor Lloyd Clive, CFPIM. “His knowledge and many accomplishments, and his commitment to the success of his peers—including myself—creates a strong foundation for APICS to build on with this fund.” 

More information on this memorial fund is available at apics.org/erfoundation

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APICS The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in supply chain and operations management, including production, inventory, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals. Learn more at apics.org

The APICS Educational and Research (E&R) Foundation produces valuable research; educational events, courses, and content; and programs that recognize and support students, certification candidates, and other professionals in supply chain and operations management. Through its many programs, the APICS E&R Foundation seeks to advance the profession and lead the way toward increasing professional expertise on a global level. Learn more at apics.org/erfoundation.


  1. Bharat Balsavar October 02, 2012, 12:57 AM

    This is a fitting tribute to a man who dedicated his life to Supply Chain Management education.

    In my suggestions to CPIM aspirants I had often said so - His book 'Introduction to Materials Management' was my 'Bible' when studying for the CPIM Certification exams. My study of each module always commenced with reading relevant chapters from the book and doing the end of chapter questions.

    The book gave me a thorough understanding of the subject and I was able to participate with confidence in any discussions on the subject - in office or outside.

    May God grant his wife and daughter the strength to bear this irreparable loss. May his soul rest in peace.

  2. Wally Corr February 04, 2013, 09:18 AM
    May his soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.


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