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Employee Ownership Community Mourns the Passing of a Real Hero
By Tony Mathews
The community of advocates for employee ownership lost a gentle and wise champion December 8, 2009, due to the sudden and unexpected death of John Logue. John only discovered he was ill over the Thanksgiving holiday, yet succumbed quickly to a very aggressive form of cancer.
John was a professor of political science and the founder and director of the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC) at Kent State University. OEOC is one of the oldest and most effective centers for the promotion of employee ownership in the country ï¿½ by all accounts as a direct result of Johnï¿½s involvement. He is widely recognized as a national authority on employee ownership, and is the source of some of the most insightful and compelling writing and research on its practical value and social and philosophical importance. Itï¿½s fair to say that John was (and will remain through his writings) one of the primary forces for the spread of employee ownership ï¿½ whether through worker cooperatives, ESOPs or other forms ï¿½ in his region and across the country. This past October, we were fortunate enough to manage enormous scheduling problems so that John could join us as guest faculty for the Beyster Instituteï¿½s Employee Ownership Management program. He was an inspiration to all who attended, students and faculty alike.
I have known John for many years. I feel especially blessed that during the last three years, I have been able to work closely with him on a number of projects aimed at the real objective of our work: creating opportunities for wealth and security for many who would otherwise be denied those fundamental opportunities. He was, above all, a gentleman with a deep conviction as to the rightness of what we do. His wry smile will stay with me as my personal bellwether for when I have gone over the top, which he communicated to me many times in person and will continue to in my thoughts. I will miss him.
To honor his memory, the John Logue Memorial Employee Ownership Scholarship Fund has been created at Kent State. Johnï¿½s family asks that remberances be made in the form of contributions to the scholarship fund or to the Ohio Employee Ownership Center.
To contribute to the scholarship fund, you may make your tax-deductible checks to KSU Foundation and write ï¿½Logue Memorial Employee Ownership Scholarship Fundï¿½ on the memo line. Checks should be sent to: Department of Political Science, 302 Bowman Hall, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001.