Boris Yavitz, Columbia Business School Dean, Has Died

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Last Saturday, Boris “Bob” Yavitz, who served eight years as the dean of Columbia Business School, died of prostate cancer.  He was 85.

After moving to the United States at 23, Yavitz earned two graduate degrees (in engineering and business) from Columbia and, after starting and managing his own development company, eventually became the dean of the Business School in 1975. 

Yavitz’s leadership revamped the school, returning both its spirit and its prestige; after retiring from the position, he remained a beloved professor. 

In addition, he served as the director and deputy chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1976 to 1982.

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  1. Alum

    Yavitz was a *former* dean of the business school. The headline suggests that he was the incumbent. Yavitz was dean from 1975 to 1982. At least three other deans have led the school since then, including one who served for 15 years.

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