Reporter 408, 20 October 1997


Geoffrey Lockett

Professor Alan Geoffrey Lockett died on 20 July 1997
A native Yorkshireman, Professor Geoff Lockett came to Leeds in 1994 as Professor of Management Sciences and took on the role of Chairman of Leeds University Business School in 1996. With all his natural enthusiasm, this leadership role was just the type of challenge that Geoff relished. It is a loss shared with the wider academic community that he is not here to see the full completion of his vision to build a top international business school here in Leeds.

Geoff was an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Manchester, where he studied physics. After a short period as a senior research officer at the Steel Company of Wales, in 1966 he was appointed as a lecturer in operational research at the University of Hull. Three years later, Geoff joined Manchester Business School where he worked, with great distinction, for twenty-five years, and was promoted to senior lecturer in 1972 and Professor of Management Science in 1984. He became a world authority on information management, publishing widely, he was a gifted teacher, an encouraging doctoral supervisor and a supportive developer of academic talent. The award of a large grant under the SERC-ACME project was amply justified when the final assessment was a top-rating for both research quality and management. Geoff was also a clear-minded administrator and committee member involved in a wide range of activities, notably as Dean of the Faculty, associate director of the school, director of the doctorial programme, and head of his subject area.

He was well known and respected internationally for the quality and breadth of his research into information and communication technologies and the use of judgemental modelling in decision-making, and as co-editor of the prestigious Journal of Management Studies for twenty-one years. Geoff also consulted with many international firms, was a member of a Ministry of Defence committee for eleven years, and was external examiner at five universities.

Always a highly respected and energetic academic, Geoff will be remembered most of all as a wonderful colleague and as a man of integrity. He was always generous of his time and advice and will be much missed. Senate, the members of his department at Leeds and his many ex-colleagues at Manchester extend their heart-felt sympathy to his wife, Christine, daughter and twin sons.
Professor Paul Michell

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