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The Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI)

Alan C. Filley, 72, of Middleton, died on Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Care Center. He was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 24, 1932, the son of the late Dorothy (Case) and Lynn Filley .

He is survived by three daughters, Leah Filley of Middleton, Jennifer Elliott (Mark)of Mount Horeb, and Amy (David) Guinther of Novato, Calif.; three grandchildren, Austin Elliott, and Ruby and Gabrielle Guinther; and his friend and mother ofhis children, Florence Filley .

Alan was a professor of management at the School of Business, UW-Madison, from 1961 until his retirement in 1998 when he became emeritus professor. The UW Board of Regents named him a Wisconsin distinguished professor, and he held the Graham chair of entrepreneurial studies from 1989 until he retired. He was the founder and director of the Small Business Center at the School of Business that later evolved into the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship. He also organized and was the first elected president of the Wisconsin Small Business Educators Association. Alan was a master teacher who will be remembered by countless former students who were inspired by him to become successful business owners or to take management jobs in smaller firms. He was awarded the Robert A. Jarred Distinguished Service Award by the School of Business, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Employment Practices and Principles.

Alan authored or co-authored eight books and published more than eighty professional research articles, and made many professional conference presentations. He was the Management Application Series editor for Scott Forseman and Co. He served onthe editorial board of: Review of Business; Journal of Organizational Change Management; Consultation: an International Journal; Journal of Consulting; Research Press; and the Wisconsin Small Business Forum. In addition, he was an external research paper reviewer for: Journal of Applied Psychology; Administrative Science Quarterly; Management Science; Decision Sciences; Academy of Management Journal; Journal of Management Studies; Journal of Economics and Business; and the National Science Foundation. He was a member of the Academy of Management and was elected a fellow of this professional organization where he also served as a division chair, member of the Terry Scholars Awards Committee, program chair, board member, member of the Committee on the Status of Women, chair of the Midwest Division and program chair of the Midwest Division. He was a member and officer in numerous professional organizations including the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship where he served as president, fellow, chair of the fellows meeting, and program chairman. He served the university in many ways including: chair of the Management Department, chair of the Executive Committee for the faculty division of social sciences, chair ofthe University Lectures Committee, chair of the Educational Technology Committee, and member of the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women. He was a visiting scholar at a number of universities including the University of Virginia, University of Illinois, University of Southern California, University of Kansas, University of Utah, University of Georgia, Michigan State University, Prague University of Economics, Warsaw Technical University, University of Budapest, Beijing University of International Business and Economics, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and the University of Lisbon.

In addition to his traditional university teaching, Alan is known to many as the instructor of numerous workshops and seminars taught to practitioners around the world. He was invited to give expert testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business. Alan received a B.S. degree from Millikin University, M.B.A. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. For many years he was a member of the board of directors of Integrity Mutual Insurance Company and he was a consultant to many private sector, medical and governmental organizations. Alan taught at the University of North Dakota, the University of Oklahoma and Ohio State University before joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business faculty. A special thank you is extended to Alan 's care givers at Hometown Village and to the staff at the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Care Center.

In addition to his professional life, Alan enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking, reading and traveling.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Care Center 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.


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