Sandra Ann Slaughter
  • Date of passing: Nov 3, 2014

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Sandra Slaughter. We will remember her forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ajay Kohli on 6th November 2017

"Hi Sandy,

I hope you can sense the loss we all feel ever since you left us for your heavenly abode. We miss you very much -- your cheerful professionalism, your principled thoughtfulness, and unending desire to do the right thing. The world is a better place for you today. Thank you! May you rest in peace.


This tribute was added by Wai Fong Boh on 22nd August 2017

"Dear Sandy,

I learned today about a great piece of news - I was promoted to Full Professor. I thought about whom i would like to share this with and thought immediately about you. Without your guidance and teachings, I would not have been able to get to where I am. I am very sad that you are not around to share my joy. Thank you, Sandy, for everything you have done.



This tribute was added by Nishtha Langer on 7th November 2016

"Dear Sandy:
I cannot believe that it has been two years already. Time goes by but your memory stays with me forever. Thanks for all your time and patience with me.

This tribute was added by Wai Fong Boh on 3rd November 2016

"Dear Sandy,

Can't believe it has been two years... I missed you.



This tribute was added by Anna Weitnauer on 26th April 2016


Missing you today. I'm applying for PMP certification. You were always gracious and generous with your time and care. Thank you for being a wonderful professor and example to us all.


This tribute was added by Tridas Mukhopadhyay on 4th November 2015

"Dear Sandy,

It's over a year, but we still miss you. In the meantime, two of our co-authored papers were published and one even rec'd an award by ISS.
Your work and your warm presence will be remembered for a long time!


This tribute was added by Nishtha Langer on 3rd November 2015

"Dear Sandy:
Missing you today. You would have been happy to know that our paper on PMs' practical intelligence was the runner up to the Best Published Paper Award at ISR.
Wish you were around for us to share this news.

This tribute was added by Wai Fong Boh on 3rd November 2015

"Dear Sandy,

Wish you were still here...



This tribute was added by D.J. Wu on 2nd April 2015

"Today, April 2, 2015, Sandy was remembered and honored at this evening’s When the Whistle Blows ceremony at Georgia Tech.

GT President G.P. “Bud” Peterson made remarks, Provost Rafael L. Bras read Sandy's name. Also attended were GT First Lady Val Peterson and GT Executive Vice President for Research Dr. Stephen Cross, among others.

On behalf of GT SCOB Dean Maryam Alavi and Sandy’s other SCOB colleagues, ITM Area Coordinator Dr. D. J. Wu honored Dr. Slaughter at the ceremony by lighting a candle in Sandy’s memory. A replica of the whistle honoring Sandy’s time spent at Georgia Tech will be given to her family.

Representing the SCOB community, Dr. Sridhar Narasimhan, Dr. Marius Niculescu, Dr. Mike Smith, Dr. Peter Swire, and Ph.D. Candidate Michael Frutiger also attended the ceremony.

For more information, please visit,"

This tribute was added by Dawn Hukai on 23rd February 2015

"Sandy was a fantastic colleague while we were Ph.D. students at the University of Minnesota.  She always had a smile and time for everyone, even while working on breakthrough papers and breaking world records.  Sandy, thank you for showing us the true meaning of work-life balance at its best."

This tribute was added by Terri Lee on 7th January 2015

"I worked with Sandy on a committee at GT. It is so hard to believe she is gone. She had such a great sense of humor and was such a nice person overall. My condolences to her husband and family What a great loss."

This tribute was added by Eldon Li on 24th December 2014

"It all seems like yesterday when Sandy and I joined a group tour to Masada on June 10 after ECIS 2014 in Tel Aviv. I can vividly recall her soft voice echoing around us.  I knew Sandy long before we worked together as members of AIS Council during 2012-14. In the Council, we both were serving as Regional Representatives.  She was very supportive toward my initiative of AIS-Journal Joint Author Workshop and served as a mentor in PACIS 2013 and ECIS 2014. I also joined her initiative of AIS Mid-career Mentoring Workshop as a mentor in ICIS 2013 at Milan, Italy. Sandy has been a very productive scholar and published many articles in top journals. She was also very active in volunteer services for the AIS community. On the personal side, Sandy is a gentle and polite lady. She cares very much about the environment, the society, and the sustainability. Her passing away is a great lost to our community and will be greatly missed by all of us."

This tribute was added by Eldon Li on 24th December 2014

"It all seems like yesterday when Sandy and I joined a group tour to Masada on June 10 after ECIS 2014 in Tel Aviv. I can vividly recall her soft voice echoing around us.  I knew Sandy long before we worked together as members of AIS Council during 2012-14. In the Council, we both were serving as Regional Representatives.  She was very supportive toward my initiative of AIS-Journal Joint Author Workshop and served as a mentor in PACIS 2013 and ECIS 2014. I also joined her initiative of AIS Mid-career Mentoring Workshop as a mentor in ICIS 2013 at Milan, Italy. Sandy has been a very productive scholar and published many articles in top journals. She was also very active in volunteer services for the AIS community. On the personal side, Sandy is a gentle and polite lady. She cares very much about the environment, the society, and the sustainability. Her passing away is a great lost to our community and will be greatly missed by all of us."

This tribute was added by Samer Faraj on 29th November 2014

"Life is so fragile.  We leave behind only our good deeds. Over the years, I witnessed an inordinate number of acts of kindness and generosity from Sandy.  In a field with its share of arrivistes and ethics challenged colleagues, she stood out radiating strong principles and selflessness.  We will miss you Sandy."

This tribute was added by Julie Reker on 24th November 2014

"Sorry to hear of Sandy's passing. Ron, I was searching for info on your big adventure on the tandem and came across this about Sandy. My thoughts and prayers to you and Sandy's family and your dogs. Hope you are well."

This tribute was added by Carla Zachery on 23rd November 2014

"I met Sandy Slaughter shortly after I joined the Scheller College of Business (formerly the College of Mgmt) in 2007. Sandy had a great spirit and personality. She would always speak to you when she saw you. She may not have always agreed with some information she was being given, but she would ask the question to understand and would accept it as long as we did all that we could to gain resolution. I never saw her get angry and she always treated me with great respect, as I did her. She really appreciated what the staff did to assist her and would let us know. I will miss seeing her smiling face."

This tribute was added by Benn Konsynski on 18th November 2014

"There is a memorial today in tribute to Sandy.  The reality of the loss is certain.  So many dimensions of professional and social contribution to the community.  Concern and care for her friends - two-legged and four-legged."

This tribute was added by PANKAJ SHARMA on 13th November 2014

"Professor Sandra was one of the best professor I ever had. She was filled with kindness and love for her students. Because of her I have a great respect for project managers and she was one of the reasons I joined Georgia Tech. All prayers for her family.Professor Sandra you will be greatly missed..."

This tribute was added by Zoey Chen on 10th November 2014

"I still can't believe this.

Sandy was a wonderful person and I am forever grateful and indebted to her for her kindness and compassion. I often turned to her for advise and she always made time for me, despite having zero obligations to do so. I feel fortunate to have known her and she has shaped who I am as an academic.

Words can't express my sadness - I will miss you dearly Sandy. May you rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Kalle Lyytinen on 10th November 2014

"I  was shocked to hear that Sandy is gone. I met her frequently in different roles in committees, panels and in editorial board meetings. Last time we talked extensively about her work in New York in the ISR workshop on the future of work in November, 2013. I learned to appreciate her passion, positive attitude and care for the others and field the field. As the old adage says- why are the best of us taken so early?"

This tribute was added by jerri bonner on 9th November 2014

"I am so sorry to hear of Sandy's death.  I did not know her except to see her walking her dogs or jogging daily.  Such a nice calm presence in our neighborhood.  So sorry"

This tribute was added by Claudia Loebbecke on 9th November 2014

"Sandy was such a great colleague and friend. It took me several conferences and meetings to learn that we graduated from the same MBA program at IU and that her German was so much better than she would ever admit – top among American IS colleagues! The Senior Scholar Slam at ICIS in Milano was the last time I had the opportunity to chat with her -- I still can't believe the loss."

This tribute was added by Nick Lurie on 9th November 2014

"Sandy was a wonderful and inspirational colleague. I'll always appreciate her guidance and insights. She was a joy to work with and to be around. We will all miss her so very much."

This tribute was added by Saïd Assar on 8th November 2014

"I met Sandra two weeks ago in Paris on Oct. 24th. I fetched her at her hotel and accompanied her to Telecom Ecole de Management in Paris suburbs for a research seminar. I had such a nice discussion with her on the train, and I remember her so well laughing when we mentioned some incredible small things that can happen by hazard in life ... Her talk at the seminar was so interesting and enthusiastic and all attendees were delighted meeting her.

My colleagues at Telecom Ecole de Management and myself will keep remembrance of her as a delightful person dear to our hearts."

This tribute was added by Ali Tafti on 8th November 2014

"I will always remember an INFORMS conference session with Sandy Slaughter; in 2007 in Seattle. I was a third-year PhD student at the time. Because the conference was nearing its end, many people were already heading home, and the entire audience in that session consisted of just the three presenters, plus maybe one other person. When it was my turn to present, Sandy was attentive to my talk and asked numerous insightful and constructive questions. What a lively and constructive session! My research project suddenly found new inspiration after that interaction with her, and it was not the only time. Her generous and cheerful energy has helped so many people and will be long cherished in the IS community. I extend my heartfelt condolences to all of Sandy's family and loved ones."

This tribute was added by Polo Chau on 8th November 2014

"Sandy, you were the model colleague I looked up to. You inspired me, in numerous ways. I still remember your kind, warm smile the first time I met you. I enjoyed and treasured every minute we worked together. It's my privilege to have worked closely with you."

This tribute was added by Sara Dommer on 7th November 2014

"Sandy was one of the first people at Scheller (outside of my own area) to learn my name and greet me in the halls. Her constant smile and kindness made Scheller a better place to work and her absence in the school will definitely be felt. To say “she will be missed” seems trite but absolutely true in this case."

This tribute was added by Holly Rush on 7th November 2014

"I had the pleasure of working with Sandy earlier this year at the Big Data Industry Forum.  She was super kind and always gracious to work with.  My sincere condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues."

This tribute was added by Anand Gopal on 7th November 2014

"Stunned to hear about Sandy's passing this week. She was a doctoral committee member, teacher, friend and mentor to me during my doctoral studies at CMU (and clearly to a lot of other people too). She was always warm, gracious and generous with her time and attention. Even when she vehemently disagreed with you, she did it with grace and positivity! I was fortunate enough to work with for ICIS, on dissertation committees, as a co-author and finally, as a mentor (often seeking advice on critical issues) and she unfailingly delivered on every occasion. Even though her life was cut short in her prime, I believe she has left a tremendous legacy in terms of her work, friendship, goodwill and respect. RIP Sandy..."

This tribute was added by Anjana Susarla on 7th November 2014

"My earliest interactions with Sandy were as a PhD student and a newly minted assistant professor. She was very warm and nurturing towards younger faculty and Phd students- wonderful with advice and incredibly generous with her time given how many commitments she had. I really don’t know how she was able to take on so many professional responsibilities and still found time to patiently mentor and nurture each one of us. Over the years, I have also gotten to spend some time with her and got to know her well. She took such joy in so many little things – I still remember her peals of laughter! She emailed me only last week, I was looking forward to seeing her at INFORMS, and barely two days later heard the news that she is no more! It is all too soon!

Sandy, you were such a great mentor, I hope I learn from the example you set and from your graciousness, enthusiasm and your positive energy. My thoughts and prayers are with her family!"

This tribute was added by Eric Overby on 7th November 2014

"* Posted on behalf of Dr. Sylvester Ivanaj, Prof. ITM, ICN, Nancy, France. Translated from French by John McIntyre *

Sandra was a person to be admired.  I spent the entire day of October 23 with her, from greeting her at the train station,  breakfast in town, visit of the historic city, presentations with our MBA students and professors on MOOCs and business analytics. I took her back to the train station around 5:00 pm. What struck me most was her simplicity, her calming quality, on the one hand, and the remarkable command of the field and her achievements.   I have had it on my mind often these past days and I feel a sense of injustice at her passing mixed in with regret for the loss of  this extraordinarily talented person who could be so simple in daily living."

This tribute was added by Tridas Mukhopadhyay on 7th November 2014

"Sandy was with me in Tepper School for 12 years. We continued to work together after she went to Georgia Tech. We had a joint paper accepted for a journal just last month. And now, she is suddenly gone.
It will take me a long time to get over this void. May her soul rest in peace!"

This tribute was added by Wendy Currie on 7th November 2014

"I worked closely with Sandy on the 2009 International Conference in Information Systems, held in Arizona. Sandy was a great professional and fun to be with. This is very sad news, and I send my deepest sympathy to her family, friends, colleagues and students."

This tribute was added by Michael Frutiger on 7th November 2014

"For years I worked at the college without ever really getting to know Sandy personally. She was just one of those people you periodically heard good things about. How nice she was. How smart she was. When I was deciding whether to join the PhD program I got to sit in on her seminar. I remember thinking if being an academic is anything like this, I'm in.

When I joined the program was when I finally began to get to know Sandy. We spent countless hours collaborating over a project began with the military maybe a week before my first day of the program. In that time I got to discover a little bit of why I'd heard those good things for so many years. She was the busiest person I'd ever known, but she always had time for others. She was always trying to help. Always looking out for us. She once said that PhD students are kind of like one's kids and so faculty and advisors like to see them go out into the world and do well. How true that was with Sandy. She was delighted to see those she'd worked with and mentored do well.

I got an email this week from someone who'd only really spoken with her once and that maybe six months ago .. and she was so upset to learned what had happened. Imagine being able to make such an impression on someone over one coffee.

I regret that I never got to take her seminar. I regret that I won't be able to share the future stories of my successes and trials with her. I regret that I will never be able to continue the conversations we had going. I regret that I can't answer the last emails she left in my inbox. I regret that so many will miss out on getting to know her. But I am so grateful that I was one of the lucky ones who did."

This tribute was added by Ram Subramanyam on 7th November 2014

"Sandy was an inspiring academic in every way possible and a role model for all of us. On top of all that, she was very approachable, kind, and immensely helpful to me and many colleagues. She was a great human being and will be sorely missed. May her soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Keng Siau on 6th November 2014

"I checked my Inbox and the oldest email she sent me (that is still in my InBox) was in 1999.  She helped to review a paper for one of the workshops that I organized.  As usual, her review was very thorough and comprehensive – it is 2.5 pages of detailed comments for a workshop paper!  She was a great colleague with a great smile.  I am still in shock and disbelief.  She will be missed."

This tribute was added by Prabhudev Konana on 6th November 2014

"Sandy will be missed dearly. Her wonderful smile and gentle nod made her very unique. Ever since we attended doctoral consortium back in 1994 in Victoria Island together, we had good friendship. Always greeted me with her unique smiling "Hi Prabhudev" and pronounced my name perfectly. She was extraordinarily supportive of authors as an editor and particularly to younger faculty. She will be missed dearly."

This tribute was added by Rob Kauffman on 6th November 2014

"With the loss of Sandy, I feel like we lost a warm and glowing light of caring and support in the world. I knew when I was a reader of her PHD thesis at Minnesota, that she had all of what it would take to be great in research. And I know she was a devoted teacher right from the start. We all benefited from her kind and committed approach to helping colleagues, developing the research of others, and finding time for friendship with people.

Sandy, you are a model for the rest of us who work in your discipline. An inspiration! What a loss for Georgia Tech, its students, staff and faculty colleagues.

I'd like to send my condolences to Sandy's family especially. I wish you well in these difficult days, and hope that time will heal your wounds from losing Sandy. We all loved her, but it must be that you loved her even more -- if that's possible."

This tribute was added by David Croson on 6th November 2014

"I was shocked and, of course, deeply saddened to hear this tragic news.  Sandy's devotion to the development of new ideas (and the young scholars who think them) was, and will remain, legendary. To have achieved so much professionally, to continue to outperform after achieving pinnacle after pinnacle of success, and to hold the personal respect and gratitude of so many for her generosity with her time: a seemingly impossible triad, yet one everyone would instantly agree Sandy held."

This tribute was added by Ramayya Krishnan on 6th November 2014

"Sandy was a good friend and long time colleague at CMU. She was a scholar, a mentor and .... -- a wonderful human being. I will miss her. May her soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Gwanhoo Lee on 6th November 2014

"Sandy, it has been privilege and honor to work with you over the last three months on a research commentary. You are such a humble, kind, and generous person. I am shocked and saddened by your sudden passing. You have touched so many people's lives and will be long remembered. May you rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Ajay Kohli on 6th November 2014

"I continue to find it hard to believe that Sandy is not with us any more. She was a model scholar and colleague. Always considerate, fair and respectful of others. It was such a pleasure to work with her. I will sorely miss her sunny smile, compassion and helpfulness. This is a major loss for the Scheller College, and her discipline. May she rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Zack Higbie on 6th November 2014

"I'm so deeply saddened to learn of Sandy's passing and the hole it will undoubtedly leave within the Georgia Tech Scheller College...  While I never had the pleasure of being her student, in my four years working for the College as an undergrad there, her warmth and kindness were her reputation just as much as her academic prestige.  I've greatly missed seeing her smile and hearing her laughter in our brief encounters through the office hallways and mailroom since my departure, and it pains me to know that Scheller has lost that light. Prayers go out to her friends and family"

This tribute was added by Nancy Pouloudi on 6th November 2014

"It was a great shock to hear of Sandy's passing. I had the priviledge to meet her during her service on AIS Council. I can only recall positive contributions and friendly smiles. She gave shape to the mid-career development forum. What a loss for our community!"

This tribute was added by Eleanor Loiacono on 6th November 2014

"Thank you for your wonderful work in the IS community. You not only gave use insights through your research, but helped make our lives better through your work with AIS. You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Varun Grover on 6th November 2014

"It was just a few months ago when I interacted with Sandy at the Doctoral Consortium in Savannah.  I cannot believe that she is gone -- so suddenly and so young.  I knew her as a wonderful person, always willing to go the extra step to help a colleague.  She will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Koert Van Ittersum on 6th November 2014

"May she Rest in Peace.

I wish her family, friends, and colleagues strength and courage in the time to come. Sandra will be dearly missed."

This tribute was added by Barbara Carlson on 6th November 2014

"I'm a secretary at Tepper and I'm very sorry to hear of Sandra's passing. I spoke to her just days ago and she was always smiling and very nice to me. I'm sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Sherae Daniel on 6th November 2014

"I don’t recall Sandy from when I was an undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon University.  But years later, as a Ph.D. student at Maryland, I returned to Carnegie Mellon with a friend from my undergraduate years.  As we roamed around campus and reminisced, we came across Sandy’s door.  I basically started to tremble in admiration and explain to my friend that this office belonged to one of the “Gods” of my field.  I had seen her present at ICIS and was moved and immediately knew the kind of work I wanted to do. My friend looked as though I was insane and said we should just knock.  I responded that we couldn’t.  My friend dragged me over and knocked.  When Sandy came to the door my friend explained that we graduated from Carnegie Mellon and that I thought Sandy’s work was amazing.  If I could have disappeared I would have, but Sandy responded as though she expected us.  She smiled, opened her office door, invited us in and offered us a cup of tea.  She engaged me in a conversation about what kind of research interested me and I left encouraged. I’ve never experienced such graciousness from a hero.  I could recount many more similar encounters with her over the years. Like so many others I find the combination of her keen intellect and kind spirit a unique gift.  She makes me proud to be a part of this community."

This tribute was added by Pei-yu Chen on 6th November 2014

"Dear Sandy,

You are one of the best colleagues and friends I have in my life. You have always been so nice to everyone. You never hesitate to offer help to others. I have been so grateful to know you. We shared so much wonderful time together while at Carnegie Mellon. I remembered your amazing biking-around-the-whole-world journey. There was also one time, I locked myself out while teaching an evening class, and you helped me call school police and waited with me even though it was quite late already....that is you, always so thoughtful and sweet. The loss of you really broke me, and I still find it hard to take.... Sandy, you will always hold a special place in my heart and memory. Love you, Pei-yu"

This tribute was added by David Naumann on 6th November 2014

"When Sandy began the Minnesota PhD program she became an instant colleague of many of the faculty, based on her great IT experience, her ready smile, and her incredible work ethic.  She was a joy to be around and a good friend. Her untimely death is a great loss to the management and IT communities."

This tribute was added by Uzma Raja on 6th November 2014

"There are many who publish well and make a name for themselves, and then there are those who have the class to live with the greatness. Sandy had both.
I first met Sandy when I was a doctoral student and she conducted a research seminar at Texas A&M. I asked her a few questions and a year later she greeted me as if we had known each other for years. Her work in Software Evolution was a guiding light to my own research. She proved to be a great mentor at each step of my career.  This is not just a loss of a great scholar; it's the loss of a great human being. We love you Sandy and may you RIP."

This tribute was added by Claudia Kirkpatrick on 6th November 2014

"Dear and wonderful Sandra,

It was a pleasure to work with you while you were at Carnegie Mellon:  as an undergraduate academic advisor during your time at CMU, I know how much your undergraduate students learned from you and valued what you taught them, as such an important part of their preparations for professional work in business.  You were also a wonderful colleague.  It is too soon to lose you."

This tribute was added by Alan Scheller-Wolf on 6th November 2014

"I missed Sandy after she left Tepper, but could look forward to seeing her at conferences, where she always brightened my day.  She was good at her job, good in the classroom, and good with people.  We will miss her."

This tribute was added by Youngjin Yoo on 6th November 2014

"Sandy, it was a privilege to know you as a colleague. The last time I saw you was at this year's AMCIS Junior Faculty Consortium. I was always inspired by your kindness and sympathy to those who would receive our suggestions and comments. I learned how to help others by watching you talking to others. You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Beibei Li on 6th November 2014

"Dear Sandy, as a junior member in our community I did not get the opportunity to interact with you a lot. However, I have been influenced so much because of you as an IS scholar as well as a member from the CMU campus. You were such a warm and supportive person. I remember last month when I visited the ITM group you wrote me a very kind message and told me that you were sorry to miss my visit because you were visiting Pittsburgh during the same time. You were joking that "we two are trading cities for a couple of days."   I was really touched how amiable and approachable you were to a junior scholar like me. I regret so much that I missed you last time. You will always be my role model and you will be forever remembered and missed by all of us."

This tribute was added by Kexin Zhao on 6th November 2014

"I attended several talks given by Prof. Sandra Slaughter at various conferences. I am always motivated by her great passion and vision for the IS field. She is such a great role model. She is gone too soon but never gonna be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Ravi Bapna on 6th November 2014

"I got to know Sandy at my first WISE meeting in 1999. She was the co-chair if I recollect. She treated everyone, PhD students, junior faculty, peers, with the same level of respect, cheer and intellectual curiosity. Over the years, through a series of professional interactions, she became the one to emulate. Here at Minnesota, many in our department and school fondly remember her as a star PhD student. She was apparently very good at trivial pursuit! I had the pleasure of sending her a "mark the date" email for this coming Sunday when she was going to be inducted as a ISS Distinguished Academic Fellow. She had responded on Sep 3, 2014 by saying "Dear Ravi,

Wow!  Thank you for this great news!  I am very honored.  And, I will mark the date.

Many thanks,


It's tragic that she is no longer around. RIP."

This tribute was added by Laku Chidambaram on 6th November 2014

"I still recall the day my wife and I took Sandy to lunch at an Indian restaurant in Hawaii more than twenty years ago when we tried to recruit her as a newly minted PhD student. She was amazingly smart, very perceptive and the nicest person you could meet. While we could not recruit her, those impressions formed back then only became stronger over time.  She was a gentle soul, and she will be missed."

This tribute was added by Vijay Gurbaxani on 6th November 2014

"Sandy - you will be missed.  It was a privilege to know you.  Thank you for your kindness, your generous spirit and your smile.

I recall the time we walked around the lake in Germany at the outsourcing conference and talked about life outside of what we do every day."

To Sandy's family - please know how valued and loved she was in the field.  RIP."

This tribute was added by Dennis Galletta on 6th November 2014

"Sandy will be missed for her scholarship and for her wonderful presence. She served as a dissertation committee member on three committees for our students and was always supportive and constructive, but at the same time providing uncompromising rigor. To say that I was in awe of her while hearing her advice and comments on the speakerphone would be an understatement. In other situations, I saw her true spirit: Some bring conflict; she brought peace. Some bring gloom; she brought sunshine. Some tear down; she built up. Thanks for your inspiration, leadership, and mentorship, even when you didn't realize you were doing it!"

This tribute was added by Natalia Levina on 6th November 2014

"Before I had the privilege of meeting Sandy, I was first exposed to her work on outsourcing with Soon Ang dating back to 1996.  Reading that brilliant work gave me the “aha” feeling that one gets when stuck for months in their data analysis.  Later on meeting Sandy with her ever-present smile and always encouraging comments in one of the first ICIS conferences I attended was a crucial part of me developing a sense that IS community is a wonderful virtual family that I want to be a part of.  Sandy then played a crucial role in my career being a developmental and supportive AE on two of my early accepted papers.  Sandy personified so many wonderful things that are right about our community.  I still cannot get over the shock of this terrible loss. Hers are huge shoes to fill."

This tribute was added by Kay Nelson on 6th November 2014

"Sandy and I graduated the same year; she from Minnesota and I from Texas.  I've known her since we were PhD students and we have the hometown of Milwaukee in common.  Sandy was the person who set the values of scholarship, collegiality, and kindness for our peer group.  She always set the bar for the rest of us, but in a most humble way.  I cannot count the number of times I asked her for help or her opinion and she was always there.  It is hard to foresee the MIS field without her presence.  She will stay with us through her work and our fond memories of her goodness, humility, and every attribute that makes for both a great person and a great academician.  Peace be with you Sandy."

This tribute was added by Karthik Kannan on 6th November 2014

"Sandy was a great mentor and simply a wonderful person who cared about others.  She was very dedicated in whatever she took up.  This is a great loss to the community, and in particular to her school. RIP!"

This tribute was added by Chiara Francalanci on 6th November 2014

"Dear Sandra, such a terrible loss for all of us. You were an outstanding academic and a great person.

This tribute was added by Marina Fiedler on 6th November 2014

"Dear Sandy,
Thank you for being such an open, friendly and supporting human being. I am very glad to have met you and your spirit will always be alive. May your soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to your family. You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Vladimir Zwass on 6th November 2014

"Sandy Slaughter made you proud to be a member of our community of scholars.  Along with luminous intellect, she had the gentleness and caring of a wonderful human being.
Uncounted papers published in JMIS make a greater contribution to our discipline thanks to her insightful and giving work on them.  We will always have her own work, which will last, and we will always remember Sandy with warmth and respect."

This tribute was added by Anne Lynch on 6th November 2014

"Sandy always had a spring in her step and a smile on her face. She was brilliant and humble and made the Scheller College of Business a better place. I am thankful for her assistance teaching Project Management to the undergraduates in the T&M Program and for the positivity she brought to everything she did. I keep thinking I will see her walking across the 4th floor bridge like I did so often every week. My condolences to her close friends and family. She will be sorely missed."

This tribute was added by Frank T. Rothaermel on 6th November 2014

"I’m still under shock—I worked closely with Sandy and we just spent hours together a few days prior in some long P&T meetings. I first met Sandy in 2006 when she was a rising star as an associate professor at CMU, and we were trying to recruit her at GT.  I knew she would be a huge addition to our faculty and we were lucky to appoint her as the Costley Chair and promoted her to full professor.  Professionally, Sandy transformed the ITM group at GT to become one of the best in the U.S.  Moreover, working closely with Sandy on the college-wide P&T committee for the last few years, I came to know her well—and valued her high standards combined with compassion for each person going through the process.  Sandy spent countless hours trying to understand and evaluate research not in her immediate area.  Through her P&T work, Sandy clearly raised the stature of the Scheller College.  Personally, she was always warm and understanding, and giving of her time.  May her soul rest in peace.  My love goes out to Sandy’s family.  She will be sorely missed.  A terrible loss for us all."

This tribute was added by Anandhi Bharadwaj on 6th November 2014

"Sandy was so beloved by so many of us in the IS community. Every dotoral student in Infomation Systems has read her work and benefited immensely from her scholarship.   She has been a wonderful collague and mentor over the years for so many of us. I've learned from her values and work ethic through serving with her on the MS editorial board and was looking forward to hearing her wise counsel for many, many more years!  She was so generous and giving with her time and efforts to help so many people in the academia. She will be forever missed!!"

This tribute was added by Tianshi Wu on 6th November 2014

"As my PhD advisor, Sandy is a perfect model of professors. I am always learning from her. She always smiles to me and keeps praising me when talking to other professors on conferences. She was also very ready to help, spending numerous meetings with me to improve our research, help with my teaching, conduct mock interviews for my job hunting, etc. Rigorous to research, she continuously asks questions that may flaw our research, and I also benefit from this in my individual work or collaborative work with other colleagues. She also shows me her enthusiasm in her classes and demonstrates how to become a good teacher. Without her guidance, I may not be able to survive from my PhD life. What's more, her instructions still inspire and guide me now when I become a professor and start to co-supervise master and PhD students. My students like me -- but just because that what I do is imitating what Sandy did to me. As one of my colleague PhD students said, there is still time until there isn't anymore, and I regret that I did not study with her for more time. Sad and shocking and still could not believe it. A huge loss to everyone, the community, the school, and also myself. But she will still be in my heart and her words will never be forgotten. In my entire life. Rest in peace, Sandy."

This tribute was added by Jared Feuer on 6th November 2014

"Professor Slaughter was a wonderful professor. She was meticulous, warm, brilliant and clearly loved teaching. After I took a class with her in project management, she continued to make herself available as a resource and contact. It was an honor to learn from her and Georgia Tech was lucky to have her on faculty. My condolences to her family."

This tribute was added by Alberto Espinosa on 5th November 2014

"Sandy was my advisor and mentor at CMU. I was fortunate to work with some of the brightest minds in the field, but it wasn't until I started working with Sandy that I began to understand scholarship. She had the patience of a saint and incredible wisdom. She always wanted to do the final edit on the papers we submitted and it was almost like watching an artist take my rough work and turn it into a master piece. There is no way I could be even 10% of who I am today as a scholar without Sandy. But most importantly, she was a great friend. I remember so many dinners with Sandy and Ron. A fun moment was when we had a dinner with a large group of CMU peers in Barcelona at a great Paella restaurant and Sandy had to leave because she had early meetings the next day. We stayed and smoked cigars and then 1/2 hour later Sandy and Ron reappeared because they decided they could not miss the fun. I know it is a bad day for IS, but I know the heavens just got a lot smarter. We love you, Sandy. My papers with you mean so much more now."

This tribute was added by Dong Liu on 5th November 2014

"When I was considering Gatech offer, Sandy as Chair of the P&T committee emailed me "we would be very excited to have you join our faculty...This is truly a great place and I feel very fortunate to work here!." After I joined Gatech, I found Sandy is completely right and I feel so fortunate to work here and be a colleague of Sandy, who has been a great source of encouragement to me. Sandy, may you rest in Perfect Peace."

This tribute was added by Bryon Balint on 5th November 2014

"There are two things in particular that stand out to me when I think of the impact Sandy has had on my life and my career. First, I learned so much from her. Sandy was one of the most prolific researchers our field has ever known. She taught me what good research is, not just what the finished product looks like but the process of doing good research. She was gifted at being able to interpret comments from reviewers and determining which comments were absolutely critical to address before we could move forward. And, she taught me patience. I must admit that there have been a couple of times that I was frustrated and ready to give up on papers. Sandy encouraged me and helped me to push through.

Second, Sandy was one of the warmest people I have ever met. She was very generous with her time and attention, even after we were no longer at the same university. Although I was just a student when I started working with Sandy and later a junior professor, I never sensed that Sandy ever spoke to me or treated me any differently than she did the deans and business executives that she interacted with every day. She had a gentle way of providing constructive criticism that actually made you feel good somehow. When I observed her in large meetings or at conferences, I was always struck by how much she smiled and laughed with everybody. She was interested in people not just as business contacts or colleagues, but as friends.

Sandy was the first person I talked to when I interviewed for the PhD program at Carnegie Mellon. I started there in 2005, and my first big deliverable was to write and present a “summer paper” in September 2006. In February 2006, I still had really no idea what I was going to do the paper about. Sandy invited me to work on a research project with her about IT outsourcing, and that set in motion a series of events that led through to the completion of my dissertation in 2010. Sandy was the chair of my dissertation committee. She has had a greater influence on my career than any other individual. I still have trouble believing she is gone. I will miss her very much."

This tribute was added by Mei Lin on 5th November 2014

"I will always remember the first time I met Sandy. It was one of the first ICIS I attended, during the early years of my PhD studies. I had mistaken her for someone else in the elevator. She responded with the warmest introduction of herself. I had gotten to know her ever since. She was one of the most dedicated, distinguished, and supportive senior faculty in our field. There is no doubt that, as a female role model, she has inspired and will always inspire us to pursue excellence. She will forever be remembered and missed."

This tribute was added by Hemang Subramanian on 5th November 2014

"Dear Ma’am,

            Thank you so much for your mentorship and the kindness with which you supported my research and various technical projects that we worked together at the Scheller College of Business, including TA’ing for your Project Management course last semester.  Words will never suffice to express my gratitude for your kindness on so many fronts. While, I am emotionally devastated by your loss, I cherish in the memory of all the encouragement and advice I received from you since I joined the Ph.D. program 4+ years ago till date, including advice on Thursday of last week. Your loss will be felt by the Georgia Tech community, the IS community, and society at large.

      In these trying circumstances, I take solace knowing that I learnt so much from you. I was touched by the high academic research standards you maintained, the professionalism you displayed in your day to day activities, your enthusiasm to teach and the kindness with your time and resources.

    I cannot believe that I will not be able to run upto your door anymore and ask you a doubt. Your disarming smile will remain etched in my memory forever. The wisdom you shared during our interactions will show me the path for years to come

      I travel with a heavy heart to CIST/ INFORMS 2014, knowing that you sponsored my trip there, another example of your large heart and generosity…

I miss you very much …. dear Ma’am.

-Hemang C S
5th year Ph.D candidate,
Scheller College of Business,
Georgia Institute of Technology

Bhagavad Gita 2:24
acchedyo 'yam adāhyo 'yam
akledyo 'śoṣya eva ca
nityaḥ sarva-gataḥ sthāṇur
acalo 'yaṁ sanātanaḥ

"This individual soul is unbreakable and insoluble and can be neither burned nor dried. It is everlasting, all-pervading, unchangeable, immovable and eternally the same.""

This tribute was added by B Weber on 5th November 2014

"I have many fond memories of Sandy, who is gone much much too soon - I began as a faculty member three years before Sandy, and remember handing over WISE documents, templates, and email lists back in the 90s when she co-chaired it a year after I did. Her work was always topical, interesting, and thorough - and presented clearly and insightfully. She would regularly lead and help unselfishly as a chair, panelist, discussant, or reviewer at ICIS, WISE, Informs, HICSS, etc. She must have been a terrific colleague and office-mate (I like the singing story DJ). Her friends, family, and colleagues will be in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Patricia Angle on 5th November 2014

"Although I only met Sandy not quite two years ago, she has already made such a lasting impression on me.  One of the things that I have found so remarkable was her ability to be herself, yet be influential and respected.  It is so hard to find a female role model who is not afraid to be welcoming, to smile, to be humble, to engender confidence in others, to be generous, and through those qualities, to be admired.  I think she was that person, and I am so glad to have known her."

This tribute was added by James Hoadley on 5th November 2014

"My interaction with Sandy was limited, but she was always someone I wanted to know better. In my experience, she was always willing to help others, without restraint or asking "what's in it for me."  She had both a warmth and a sense of calm about her. We benefited in ways we will probably never fully understand from her presence, and our world is lessened by her loss."

This tribute was added by Linna Du on 5th November 2014

"I knew Sandra as the Departmental Editor of Management Science. she is a bright, insightful and dedicated scholar who deserves all the respect she has earned. May Sandra's soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences go out to her family."

This tribute was added by Narayanan Jayaraman on 5th November 2014

"Sandra or Sandy was the eternal question. Sandy was a wonderful colleague. She was always kind and warm hearted. Over the last seven years, she was a great contributor to the Scheller College. Little did I know that the four hours I spent with her in the committee meetings last week is the last I would see of her. It was a great privilege to know her and work with her. She was always more of a "giver" than a "taker." I will truly miss her."

This tribute was added by Pankaj Setia on 5th November 2014

"It is still seems unreal. Sandy was a very energetic and nice person. Personally, I gained a lot from her mentoring. She was always so  helpful. While it will be very hard to get over this loss, I am sure I will cherish many memories of our interactions, for a long time. Rest in Peace, Sandy!"

This tribute was added by Yang Hui on 5th November 2014

"Hi Sandy
Before I enrolled in ITM Ph.D. program, you interviewed me, at that time, I know little about business, little about ITM. But after that conversation, I know I want to be the person like you."

This tribute was added by Nishtha Langer on 5th November 2014

"While I cannot still believe that Sandy is no longer with us, I am grateful that I knew her and worked with her. I can only thank her for the time she invested me and for the advice she always gave me as her PhD student.
She was the best advisor one could ask for, and a wonderful mentor.
She was a doyen of the field and her academic contributions are there for the world to see. However, our community has lost more than a brilliant academic, we have lost an amazingly positive human being who touched so many lives.
Her warmth, her laugh, her enthusiasm for any new research project we would embark on, her vivid mind, all of these would remain in my memory forever.
I will miss you so much Sandy. May you rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Nancy Deng on 5th November 2014

"I still cannot believe what I read when I opened my email box and saw the email subject of “Memorials.” At first I thought it may be a person with the identical name. However, the moment I clicked at the remembrance website and saw the photo of Sandy with her beautiful smile, I cannot help my tears. Sandy was on my dissertation committee when I was a doctoral student at CMU. She was such a great adviser and mentor. Her kind support and guidance encouraged me to keep on improving my research work.  I will never forget all the thoughtful advice and guidance she has given me, and I will always cherish all those memories. Sandy, you and your beautiful smile will always be remembered and cherished in my heart."

This tribute was added by Rohit Aggarwal on 5th November 2014

"Professor Sandra Slaughter was a great mentor. She was gentle, kind and always willing to help others. It was a privilege knowing her."

This tribute was added by Wai Fong Boh on 5th November 2014

"Sandy has always been characterized to be gentle and giving, and she meant a lot to each one of us who have benefited from her mentorship, and to those who have worked with her in one way to another.  I am lucky to have been one of many students to have directly benefited from her mentorship and guidance during my phd days. I have always appreciated that Sandy was such a good advisor to me, but it was only when I became a Phd student advisor myself did I realize how giving and open-minded Sandy has been to me during my own PhD days. And her mentorship extends not just to her Phd students but to so many others who have reached out to her for advice throughout all these years. I know of countless people whom Sandy would spend time meeting to provide guidance to them even though they were not her student or colleague. Sandy has always been an inspiration and role model to me – I often remind myself what kind of academic I would like to become by thinking about her. I will continue to cherish her in my thoughts. And I really miss you, Sandy."

This tribute was added by D.J. Wu on 5th November 2014

"Dear Sandy,

When you first moved into your new office at Georgia Tech as my neighbor, you kindly asked me if I mind your singing in your office. I said absolutely not.
I guess I finally got your sense of humor. Perhaps what you meant by singing was actually laughing. I was right – it turns out that that was the best music I have ever had – you laugh loud and a lot when you made con-calls! Wait a minute … I used to be the loudest laughter in the ITM group of Georgia Tech (if not in the entire SCOB!). :-)"

This tribute was added by Eric Overby on 5th November 2014

"Sandy was a great faculty member who excelled in all aspects of academia: research productivity, awards, grants, high quality teaching, etc. But what distinguished Sandy – and why this is a such a terrible loss for so many – is that she was more than a great faculty member; she was a great colleague. Throughout her career, she devoted herself to others. She served tirelessly on numerous editorial boards, helping the rest of us improve and publish our research. She served on discipline-wide initiatives, helping to create structures that enable all of us to be more successful. She mentored students at all levels, helping them with their projects and career aspirations. Personally, she advised me, supported me, collaborated with me, and encouraged me. It is hard to imagine a greater loss for the Scheller College of Business, for Georgia Tech, and for the Information Systems academic community."

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