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right price for this rug is somewhere
Tufts University, and Andy was a
between US$100 and US$1,500."
40-year-old full professor at Southern
The merchant retorted, "Let me
Methodist University. He was also
get my brother and some coffee and
editor of IEEE Transactions on Syswe'll talk about this." We haggled
tems, Man, and Cybernetics. I was a
back and forth awhile, finally agreebit awed, but he was friendly, and I
ing on US$1,100. Next, we turned to
felt comfortable.
the rug Andy wanted. His opening
I soon became involved with the
comment was, "Well, you made so
SMCS Administrative Committee, not
much money on him, I am expecting
as a member but as secretary. Andy
a very good deal on this rug." A very
and I both later became presidents
good deal he got.
of the SMCS. Our interactions in the
Andy and I had several joint
SMCS were frequent and both profespublications, including an IEEE
sionally and personally rewarding.
Transactions on Systems, Man,
During the 1978 International Conand Cybernetics (1982) piece with
ference on Cybernetics and Society
Joe Wohl, for whom the SMCS Wohl
in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan, on 3-7
Award is named, an IEEE TransacNovember, we visited temples and
tions on Systems, Man, and Cyshrines with our families. Andy and I,
bernetics (1985) paper reporting
two six-foot-tall men, challenged the
on a workshop we cochaired, and
confines of these venues.
an Information Systems Frontiers
Our biggest adventure was the
(1999) paper. Our biggest project was
1984 International Conference on
Handbook of SysSystems, Man, and
tems Engineering
Cybernetics in Bomand Management,
bay and New Delhi,
Andy was a
which Wiley pubIndia, which was
wonderful mentor
lished in 1999, with
held on 29 Decemin all things related
a second ed ition
ber 1983-7 January
released in 2009.
1984. We traveled
to publishing.
We also published
to India via Rome,
- Bill Rouse
Work, Workflow and
which gave us time
Information Systo climb the endtems (IOS Press,
less steps up to the
2007) and Economic Systems Analydome of St. Peter's Basilica, but
sis and Assessment (Wiley, 2011).
we had little time during our return
Andy was a prolific author of revia Athens.
search articles and is well known for
When we were about to leave Inhis many books (see "Books by Andy
dia from New Delhi, Andy and I both
Sage"). Andy was editor of IEEE
wanted to buy silk rugs, which were
Transactions on Systems, Man, and
far less expensive than we had imagCybernetics (1972-1998), Automatica
ined. We had a few hours to kill and
(1981-1996), Journal of Systems Enwent into a rug merchant's shop to
gineering (1998-2013), and Informalook at his offerings. I found one I
tion Knowledge Systems Manageliked and asked the price. "US$1,500,"
ment (1999-2014), which he and I
the merchant answered.
co-edited. He was the consummate
I looked toward Andy and asked,
journal editor, very well organized
"Would you pay US$100 for this rug?"
and responsive to anxious authors.
He responded, "Yes, certainly." The
Andy was a wonderful mentor
merchant jumped in, exclaiming, "I
in all things related to publishing.
didn't say US$100!" I turned to him
When I first received reviews, my iniand said, "I wasn't talking to you. I
tial reaction was, "Oh, sh##!" It still
was having a conversation with my
is. Andy encouraged me to make the
friend Andy. We now know that the

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needed revisions, pointing out that
it would not be so difficult. This always led to eventual acceptance and
publication-and much better papers. His confidence in my success
gave me the confidence to succeed.
Finally, Andy was an amazing
gentleman, so kind and considerate.
He was consistently cordial and polite. He provided a role model that
I have never lived up to. This demeanor is not in my genes, but it was
in his. An enormous number of students and colleagues have benefitted
from his mentoring. Andy will very
much be missed.
Bill Rouse
IEEE SMCS President, 1982-1983
Andy Sage, Friend
and Mentor
It is my sad duty to write this tribute for the passing of my mentor and
friend Andy Sage. I first became acquainted with him when I was publishing my research works in the
IFAC journal Automatica in the early
1970s, when I was at IBM Research
in New York. In the early 1980s, he
encouraged me to write my 1983
book Large Scale Systems: Modeling and Control in his North Holland series on systems engineering.
Throughout the years, I collaborated
with him on many other efforts, including the UNESCO Encyclopedia
of Life Support Systems and traveled with him and his lovely wife LaVerne overseas. In 2005, as general
chair of the IEEE Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics on the
Big Island, Hawaii, I was pleased to
dedicate the conference to him and
honor him at the banquet.
Jila and I express our deepest condolences to LaVerne and the extended
Sage family. Bless your soul, Andy. We
miss you a lot.
M. Jamshidi
University of Texas, San Antonio



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