George Box, 1919 - 2013

“All models are wrong but some are useful.” George Box, professor emeritus of Statistics and of Industrial & Systems Engineering, died on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the age of 93. Founder of the Department of Statistics and co-founder of the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement, George made profound contributions in several areas, particularly experimental design, time series and quality improvement. He mentored several generations of grateful students and influenced researchers far and wide. He was known for his sense of humor, genial nature and compelling storytelling abilities. He is greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. A full obituary can be found at Cress Funeral Service.

If you would like to share a memory of George, please do so at the Cress Funeral Service Page for George Box. Contributions may be made to the George Box Endowment Fund.

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