Original Levere Challenge Donor – Arthur M. Geoffrion ’59

(from The New York Alpha News, Spring 2004)

Arthur Geoffrion ’59 took full advantage of his 45th reunion last June. Returning to Hillcrest for the first time since he graduated, Art took an extensive tour of the house, wrote up some observations, became a Levere Challenge Donor to New York Alpha, and took numerous pictures, many of which now reside on the New York Alpha website.
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Art also offered to help support a project to organize and scan old photos and scrapbook materials from his era on campus. Art joined fellow classmates Jim Day, Ron Demer, Bill Kingston, and others at the Hillcrest reception and also at a gathering at Ron’s house, where he greatly enjoyed taking stock of what had happened to Cornell, to the house, and to the lives that once intertwined with his.

Art was a mechanical engineer at Cornell and stayed at Cornell for an extra term to obtain his master of industrial engineering degree. Following an interlude working in New York City, Art went to Stanford to earn a PhD in operations research, which laid the foundation for his subsequent four-decade-long career at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he holds the James A. Collins Chair in Management. Arthur’s fields are optimization theory and its applications, the foundations of mathematical modeling, supply chain management, and e-business. Over the years he has picked up his share of academic honors, including election to the National Academy of Engineering and the presidencies of two scholarly societies.

Art and his wife, Helen, live in Santa Monica, California, where they raised two daughters. To facilitate family visits and watching their five grandchildren grow up, they maintain residences near both daughters, “one on the beach near San Diego and one in the mountains outside Boulder.” Aside from family activities, Art enjoys computers, genealogy, opera, and nonfiction. Helen remains active as a real estate investor and is a nationally-ranked triathlete who has competed around the world in such places as Australia, Madeira, Mexico, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

Art is delighted with the progress that the brotherhood has made in recent years and is convinced that alumni involvement remains one of the keys to moving forward. He hopes to do his share.

Keep in contact with Art by email at Arthur.Geoffrion@anderson.ucla.edu.