Dr. Howard Raiffa (2013 Photo)

Strategic Decisions Group joins the decision practitioner community in mourning the death of Dr. Howard Raiffa, 92. Dr. Raiffa died Friday at his home in Arizona following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

“With the passing of Howard Raiffa, we recognize and celebrate his vast contributions to the field of decision analysis,” said Dr. Carl Spetzler, chairman and CEO of Strategic Decisions Group. “We consider Dr. Raiffa, along with Dr. Ronald Howard, as the seminal figures of this field. We look forward to honoring Dr. Raiffa’s memory and extending his legacy to future generations.”

Dr. Raiffa, a member of the Harvard faculty and one of the founders of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, was a key figure in decision analysis, negotiation analysis and game theory. His work spanned six decades and continued to shape the field of decision analysis up until his death. He was the first recipient of the Frank P. Ramsey Medal presented by the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS. In 2014, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the field of decision analysis, Drs. Raiffa and Howard were both honored by the Society of Decision Professionals, which established the Raiffa-Howard Award for Organizational Decision Quality.

Click here for the New York Times obituary.