a few months ago, you could find Professor Robert Neuschel
demonstrating the values of the "servant leader" management
model he advocated, greeting a wide range of colleagues and
friends each day during his rounds at the Kellogg School.
rounds, he came to know many people, and they him: the friendly,
dapper professor of management and strategy, proudly wearing
his military pins, which were a reminder of his service in
the Philippines under General Douglas MacArthur in World War
Neuschel, 84, died on Feb. 9 after several months of declining
Kellogg School family has lost not only a premier educator,
but a beloved leader, colleague and dear friend," said Dean
Dipak C. Jain.
last 25 years, Professor Neuschel taught corporate governance
and leadership at the Kellogg School and Northwestern University.
he designed and taught the first course ever on managerial
leadership, which proved to be one of the most sought-after
graduate courses. Students soon learned the motto he lived
by: "Serve your troops first, so that you can then lead them
better." True to his words, in 1998 he wrote The Servant
Leader: Unleashing the Power of Your People.
his second profession after a successful business career,
came naturally to him. His classes were popular and his students
years at Kellogg, Bob Neuschel made significant contributions
to the Kellogg School's courses in leadership," said Robert
Magee, senior associate dean: faculty and research. "His love
of our students, his zest for teaching and his commitment
to Kellogg serve as examples for all of us."
1979 to 1992, Professor Neuschel directed the Northwestern
University Transportation Center. At the time of his death,
he served on a national task force, "The World in 2010," a
think tank to assist the U.S. Secretary of Energy in shaping
national energy policies.
coming to the Kellogg School, Professor Neuschel made a name
for himself at McKinsey & Co. From 1949 to 1977 he rose
through the ranks to become partner and director. While there
he worked with 60 of the Fortune 500 companies on six continents,
but "never could find a client in Antarctica." In the 1970s,
he and his late brother, Richard, were the only two siblings
ever to be directors at McKinsey at the same time.
directing a study on the creation of Amtrak for McKinsey in
Chicago, Professor Neuschel met Donald P. Jacobs, who was
then dean of the Kellogg School. Neuschel was shocked to find
that Jacobs didn't know about McKinsey's Chicago office and
Jacobs was shocked that Neuschel didn't know about the Kellogg
rectified that problem," Dean Emeritus Jacobs said, "and asked
Bob to teach here when he left McKinsey. It has been a long
and fruitful association. All in all, Kellogg and the generation
of students he was involved with owe him a lot of gratitude.
We will long remember him."
Neuschel earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, was a
trustee of the North Suburban Mass Transit District, president
of the Lake Forest School District and chair of the Lake Forest
Symphony, among his many civic contributions. He authored
more than 125 articles on a range of management subjects and
co-authored the book Emerging Issues in Corporate Governance.
After six years of active military duty, he retired as a captain
in the Army Air Corps.