J. Robert Beyster's Spirit Lives On

By Ron Zollars

Sadly, just a few days before Christmas on Dec. 22, 2014, we learned that SAIC founder and former chairman and CEO Dr. J. Robert Beyster passed away at the age of 90.  He was at home and surrounded by his beloved family. 

Dr. J Robert Beyster
Dr. J. Robert Beyster, founder and former chairman and CEO, SAIC; and founder, The Foundation for Enterprise Development and The Beyster Institute

The stature and legacy of Dr. Beyster in the San Diego community and throughout the nation is of historic proportions.  He has been an icon in the national security industry for decades.  And he also is known for being one of the most successful technical entrepreneurs of his (or any other) generation.   

In 1986, Dr. Beyster created the Foundation for Enterprise Development (FED) to assist companies and individuals who were interested in furthering the concept of employee ownership, a core principle of Dr. Beyster's entrepreneurial philosophy.  The Beyster Institute was founded by the FED in 2002, and took on the commission to spread the visionary ideas of Dr. J. Robert Beyster through teaching and consulting on the principles and practices of employee ownership and by helping employees to benefit and achieve financial success and share in the American dream.  In 2004, the Beyster Institute became part of the Rady School of Management at UCSD and is a leading university-based employee ownership center offering numerous educational courses and webinars throughout the year.

On Saturday, January 31, hundreds of current and former employees, colleagues, and friends gathered to pay their respects and to celebrate the life of Dr. Beyster.  The event was held at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa on Mission Bay.  It was a beautiful afternoon and a very uplifting celebration and reunion for many people who were there as it provided an opportunity for old friends to share stories of their experiences with Dr. Beyster over the years.  

All of us at the Beyster Institute celebrate the life of this remarkable physicist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and American patriot.  Please visit below to read his blog site, watch the tribute video and celebration, and view photos and comments from many of his former employees and colleagues.  Also you will see a selection of articles that were recently written about him.   


Select Websites:
Dr. Beyster's Blog
Dr. Beyster's Obituary
U-T San Diego
Associated Press
Leidos Tribute
New York Times
SAIC Tribute
Washington Business Journal
Washington Post
Washington Technology