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Saying Goodbye to APICS Friend and Mentor J.R. Tony Arnold

by APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi CSCP, CPA, CAE | N/A 2012 | 0 | 0
APICS Operations Management NowIt is with great sadness that I write about the passing of J.R. Tony Arnold, CFPIM, CIRM, on September 21. Arnold was an author, educator, practitioner, and APICS volunteer, and his contributions to APICS and the entire supply chain and operations management community are immeasurable and enduring.

Arnold dedicated much of his career to furthering the APICS body of knowledge. He authored Introduction to Materials Management, one of the preeminent textbooks in the field. In addition, Arnold contributed greatly to the APICS Basics of Supply Chain Management course and the Fundamentals of Materials and Operations Management series.

The impact of Arnold’s contributions to the supply chain and operations management profession cannot be overstated. He understood that well-designed materials management activities are integral to the success of manufacturing. His textbook ensured all members of supply chain and operations management teams had a common understanding of the factors that contribute to an efficient flow of materials.

To honor his memory, the APICS Board of Directors with the APICS Educational and Research Foundation has established a fund in the name of J.R. Tony Arnold. The fund has been created to further the supply chain and operations management profession, and the APICS board has initially committed $250,000.

“We are hopeful that, through this fund, Tony’s legacy of excellence will live on for years to come,” APICS Board of Directors Chair Marc Harris, CPIM, CSCP, said.

Throughout his long career and involvement with 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. In 2009, APICS presented Arnold with the APICS Lifetime Achievement Award.

Arnold grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and was educated at Royal Roads Military College, Royal Military College, and the University of Toronto. Arnold served with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Words from Arnold’s obituary reflect the kind of person he was: “Tony always wore a smile and would not want people to mourn him.” Arnold was dearly loved by his wife, Vicky, and his daughter, Libby, and my deepest condolences go out to them.

Please take some time in the comments section on our website or on the APICS Supply Chain Channel to share how Arnold or his work influenced you in your life and your career.

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  1. Falana Wuraola September 28, 2012, 06:47 PM
    I got to know about the book "Introduction To Material Management" through APICS. That book took me to a new level entirely as a Supply chain management student who majors in operations management. The knowledge that was deposited in me through the book is unquantifiable which boost my confidence in terms of career. Thanks so much for adding value to my life. R.I.P.
  2. Ameya Bhadkamkar September 29, 2012, 04:28 AM


    Never shall a text on Materials Management, so exhaustive and complete, be written again!

    Thanks Tony Arnold.

  3. Shaik Abdul Khadar September 30, 2012, 08:05 AM

    Great loss for supply chain management community!

    When I change my career to ERP in 1998, this book gave me the required start. This is my all time favourite book.  Thank you Tony for a great book. I read it from cover to cover many times.  It is indeed a foundation stone in my career development.

    Shaik Abdul Khadar, CPIM, PMP, SSBB

     Vice President, Arasco, Riyadh




  4. Wout Verwoerd October 01, 2012, 01:45 AM

    Dear Tony,

    thank you for all your contributions to our body of knowledge. I feel so honored that I met you and your wife in 2001 in the Netherlands, when you visited our APICS World Congres in Amsterdam. And later in 2009 when you received your honoring rewards. 

    Thank you for sharing your insights and knowledge.

    Wout Verwoerd

  5. Saadullah Farooqi October 01, 2012, 03:36 AM

    During preparation for CSCP exma, I was advised to take help from Materials Management book written by Tony Arnold. The concepts given with so much clarity are so easy to comprehend which really enhance understanding of materials flow. No doubt Tony will always be missed by APICS.




  6. Santana (Brazil) October 01, 2012, 06:26 AM
    He remains a reference for us. When someone contributed to education like him, his work will keep alive the memory of those who read it. Thanks Tony Arnold.
  7. John Westerveld October 01, 2012, 07:47 AM

    Tony was the first person I met on my first visit to Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough. Among other things, it was his friendly attitude and enthusiasm for all things supply chain that convinced me to give the (at that time) fledgling program a try.

    My first copy of Introduction to materials management was a photocopied package in a duotang sold in the college book store  Since then I've owned 4 (maybe 5?) other editions.  It remains the number one resource I recommend to people trying to understand supply chain

    Thanks for all you've done Tony!

  8. Jan Steiner Soukup October 01, 2012, 08:23 AM

    Tony gave us the big picture in small sounds bits, made the complex easy to understand, and helped open so many doors for me that I’m still trying to get through them all.  The truly great do not need to shout their talents to be sure that everyone knows, they just keep working and helping everyone they touch in their own unique way.  The true tribute will be for all of us to pay it forward, one student at a time.  

  9. Khurram Qamar (Pakistan) October 04, 2012, 01:24 AM

    It is very sad indeed!

    "Introduction to Material Management" is the best book I have ever read. Reading this book has given me so much confidence professionally in my job. It helps me understanding exactly my role in managing the daily activities at work. It has enabled me to think strategically rather than following the traditional short term approach.

    Thank You Mr. Tony Arnold for such a wonder value addition in my life.


  10. Ary Ardiansyah November 09, 2012, 11:06 AM
  11. MANOJ KUMAR January 22, 2013, 06:39 AM

    Rest in Peace Dear Sir.

    You will always remain in our hearts..

  12. Prasanna Mukdapu March 31, 2014, 12:56 PM
    It's really sad to hear this news. BSCM is a wonderful book written in simple language and it addresses the fundamental
    concepts in the subject.
    RIP Mr.Arnold.


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