Jay Gailbraith

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 8, Jay Galbraith passed away after a valiant, but all too brief battle with cancer. True to his long-held opinion that “retirement is for people who don’t like their jobs,” Jay’s final months were filled with the labors he loved so much, helping clients and publishing books and articles. Always modest, it nonetheless gave him humble pride when his accomplishments were justly praised. Jay was a star in his field – and remains a bright light in the hearts of all who had the honor of knowing and working with him.

We therefore feel that there would be no more fitting memorial of Jay than to hear from his friends and colleagues about their memories of him or how he influenced their lives. Please feel free to send a message about Jay : a touching tribute, a funny story, an inside joke only he would understand. Thank you in advance for your kind words. Jay’s legacy will live on through each of us.

Jay, a founding member of the Organizational Design Community (ODC) and author of several articles in the Journal of Organization Design (JOD), will be honored by both organizations this summer with published tributes contributed by friends and colleagues worldwide. The JOD published an article with many insightful comments on Jay’s work. You can download a PDF of the article here.

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