Anthony George Athos, a scholar, author, and consultant widely recognized by colleagues as an outstanding teacher-lecturer, died Nov. 29 in San Francisco after a long illness. He was 68.
Athos held the Jesse Isidor Straus Chair of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School until June 1982, where he focused on the field of organizational behavior.
He received both his M.B.A. (1958) and D.B.A. (1964) degrees from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar and then a Sheldon Traveling Scholar.
As an associate professor at the University of Southern California, Athos received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the faculty and students, and was subsequently featured in a cover story on “Great Teachers” in Time, May 6, 1966.
Of his books and articles, Athos is perhaps best known for co-authoring the best-selling book, “The Art of Japanese Management.” In recent years, he focused on coaching CEOs of companies undertaking important change and assisting top management in implementing those changes.
Athos was born in Detroit in 1934. He received a Certificate in Engineering from General Motors Institute before attending Harvard. He is survived by his daughter Andra Evans of Harvard, Mass.; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Janet Athos of La Jolla, Calif., and Sue Reardon of Northville, Mich.
Celebrations of Athos’ life will be held in Boston on Saturday (Jan. 18) from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 St. James Ave. and in San Francisco on Jan. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Hawthorne Lane Restaurant, 22 Hawthorne St.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Zen Hospice Project, 273 Page St., San Francisco, CA 94102-5616.