Obituary: Arthur Elliott Carlisle, Professor Emeritus of Management

Arthur Elliott Carlisle
Arthur Elliott Carlisle

Arthur Elliott Carlisle, 90, of Leverett, professor emeritus of management, died July 24. 

Born Oct.16, 1926, in Montreal, Quebec, Elliott attended school in Montreal until his secondary education at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario. He graduated from McGill University in 1948, having served in the Canadian Navy for two years. 

He worked briefly in Windsor, Ontario, for the Ford Motor Company and for the Windsor Daily Star. He then worked in the personnel department at Bendix of Canada and subsequently at the Stroh Brewery in Detroit, Michigan. After nine years in business, he decided to pursue a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, completing his doctoral studies there in 1966. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

He joined the management department of the then-School of Business Administration at UMass Amherst in 1966.  His book “Cultures in Collision” was published in 1967, and “Mac: Conversations About Management” was published in 1983. The latter provided extensive material for the authors of the popularized “One Minute Manager.”  He wrote numerous articles, among them “Organizational Dynamics,” which was particularly influential in the field of management.

He served as management department chairman from 1983-85.

His years in business and his extensive consulting during his years at the university helped to validate the theories he was teaching his students. Outside of the classroom, he directed many doctoral dissertations. 

For a number of years, he served as director of the North American Institute for Trade and Economics, which brought him back to his interest in Canadian-American relations in the fields of economics and trade.

During retirement, he served on several boards in the Greenfield area, and he welcomed the opportunity to participate in the Restorative Justice Program and the Community Meals. He had a special interest in the Turners Falls Survival Center. 

He leaves his wife of 68 years, Betsy; and their children Cynthia, Christopher and Nathalie Carlisle, Mark and Susan Carlisle, Elizabeth Bartow, Timothy and Karen Carlisle; and his sister Patricia Carlisle States of Prouts Neck, Maine.

Donations may be made to the Episcopal Church of St. James and St. Andrew, Greenfield, or the Franklin Area Survival Center of Turners Falls.