Dr. Boris Iglewicz, a renowned researcher and tenured faculty member within Temple University’s Fox School of Business, died Aug. 25. He was 75.
Iglewicz, a professor emeritus, had taught within the Statistics department since 1969, upon his hire as an associate professor by Temple’s School of Business and Management. In 1974, he was promoted to full professor. He acted as the department’s chairperson from 1978-82, chaired Temple’s Graduate Affairs Committee from 1974-75, and served as director of the PhD program in Statistics from 1971-76. Additionally, in 1984-85, he was a visiting professor at Harvard University.
Most recently, he served as Director of Temple’s Biostatistics Research Center, which is housed at the Fox School. Iglewicz organized 17 annual Merck-Temple conferences, joining leading academics with researchers from the pharmaceutical firm.
“Boris was a distinguished member of our faculty at the Fox School, as both an educator and a research innovator whose tenure here covered parts of six decades,” said Dr. M. Moshe Porat, Dean of the Fox School of Business. “It was with great regret to learn of Boris’ passing, and my thoughts at this time are with his family, friends, and colleagues.”
“Boris was a pillar of the department in his 45 years, having created our PhD program in 1973 and nurturing its growth since then,” said Dr. Sanat K. Sarkar, Cyrus H. K. Curtis Professor of Statistics and Chair of the Fox School’s Statistics department. “His enthusiasm and passion for the department and the School was infectious. He was a true scholar and a great mentor who deeply cared for the success and well-being of his students and colleagues. We will deeply miss him.”
Iglewicz’s research publications have been referenced in leading advanced texts on clinical trials, distribution theory, multivariate analysis, outlier detection, quality improvement, regression, sequential analysis, survival analysis, and robust methods. He wrote or contributed chapters to four published books, wrote 57 refereed journal articles, and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Quality Technology and Statistics in Biopharmaceutical Research.
At the Fox School, Iglewicz successfully supervised 24 Ph.D. dissertations, with students winning 17 international awards for dissertation research.
For his contributions to the field, he was elected as a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Royal Statistical Society, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and a senior member of the American Society for Quality.
In 2001, Iglewicz received the Musser Excellence in Research Leadership Award, which recognizes a member of the Fox School faculty for outstanding research.
He was the recipient of the American Statistical Association’s 2003 Don Owen Award, which recognizes excellence in research, statistical consultation, and service to the statistical community, and the 2001 W.J. Youden Award, which acknowledges authors who have made outstanding contributions to the design of interlaboratory tests.
Iglewicz earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wayne State University, in Detroit, and his PhD in statistics from Virginia Tech University.