Donald Alan Schon

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 13 Sep 1997 (aged 66)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Sharon, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 154565425 · View Source
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Age 66 - Son of Ann Mason Schon. Husband for 45 years of Nancy Quint Schon, sculptor of the famous bronze duck and ducklings in the Boston Public Garden.

Professor Emeritus of urban studies and planning, as well as organizational consultant, philosopher, former government administrator and director of a nonprofit social research organization, died after a seven-month illness.

From 1957-63, he worked at the firm Arthur D. Little, Inc., where he formed the New Product Group in the Research and Development Division. Under the Kennedy administration, he was appointed director of the Institute for Applied Technology in the National Bureau of Standards at the Department of Commerce, where he continued through 1966.

His first of numerous books, Displacement of Concepts, was first published in 1963.

He began his MIT career in 1968, when he was named a visiting professor. In 1972, he was appointed Ford Professor of Urban Studies and Education at MIT. From 1990-92, he served as chair of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. At the time of his death, he was Ford Professor Emeritus and senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning.

Survived by his mother; his wife; four children, Ellen Schon and her husband Steve Marcus, Andrew Schon and his wife Jill, Elizabeth Schon Vainer and husband Gadi, and Susan Schon; and eight grandchildren.

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