In Memory of Greg Dees
CASE’s co-founder, J. Gregory Dees passed away on Friday, December 20, 2013 at the age of 63.
Greg was not only the co-founder of CASE, but also considered by many to be the “father of social entrepreneurship education.” He was instrumental in founding and developing social entrepreneurship as an academic field, through his work at Duke, Stanford, Harvard and beyond. When he began, “social entrepreneurship” was a new and novel term. Now, a google search reveals more than 65 million hits and Dees’s seminal piece, “The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship” is arguably one of the most widely distributed pieces in the field.
Greg has always been the guiding light for CASE and, in his honor, we will do our best to continue to make social entrepreneurship at Duke worthy of his legacy. He was in our lives for too short a time, but we are truly grateful for every moment that we shared and to have known his kind soul, generous heart, brilliant mind, and endless generosity. We owe him so much and will miss him deeply.
- Duke Obituary – Greg Dees
- Remembering Greg Dees – Beth Battle Anderson, SSIR
- Ashoka Mourns the Loss of Greg Dees
- Gregory Dees – Social Capitalist (The Economist)
- The Skoll Foundation Mourns the Loss of Greg Dees
- A Tribute to Professor Greg Dees – Ben Klasky
- Gregory Dees’ Legacy – News & Observer
- Greg Dees, in Memory – Suzanne Smith, Social Enterprise Alliance
- Gregory Dees: The Man Who Defined Social Entrepreneurship – BloombergBusinessweek
- Honoring Greg Dees – NextBillion
- Social Entrepreneurship Champion: Greg Dees – Ecopreneurist
- Social Entrepreneurship collection in honor of Greg Dees – CasePlace
- China and Social Entrepreneurship – Fast Company China (in Chinese)
CASE and the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E) hosted a memorial event and service on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 to celebrate Greg and his life. Materials and videos are available below:
“Toward an Open-Solution Society”
Geneen Auditorium, Fuqua School of Business
Several thought leaders and friends of Greg discussed Greg’s work and implications for the field. View the full video here including:
- Opening remarks & reflections from CASE Executive Director, Erin Worsham (0:13 – 9:50).
- A remembrance from David Bornstein (29:45 – 40:42).
- Reflections from Bridgespan’s Tom Tierney (42:17 – 47:22).
- A panel discussion with David, Tom and CASE’s Cathy Clark on Greg’s impact and work (47:22 – 58:58), followed by discussion with the audience (58:58 – 1:23:07) and finally, discussion of Greg’s in-process work, “The Open-Solution Society” (1:23:08 – 1:38:48).
- Sally Osberg, President of the Skoll Foundation, offered her remembrances of Greg via video
- A moving tribute from Fuqua alumni – a compilation of videos and photos that alumni submitted from all over the world
- A photo slideshow of Greg through the years
Memorial Service and Reception
Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School
The memorial service took place in the Divinity School Chapel and included music and personal reflections from a few of Greg’s friends and colleagues:
- Memorial Service Program and Program Insert
- Remarks from Beth Anderson (download PDF)
- Remarks from Edward Skloot (download PDF)
- Remarks from Duke President Dick Brodhead (download PDF)
- Selections from the Second Book of Tao, read by Matt Nash (download PDF)
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to CASE in Greg’s honor. We will use the funds collected for a tribute in Greg’s honor.
Check by mail:
Checks can be made payable to Duke University. Important! Note “CASE/Greg Dees” on the memo line. Mail gifts to:
Development and Alumni Relations
The Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Visit: https://www.gifts.duke.edu/fuqua?technique_code=FWEB and follow these instructions:
- UNCHECK “The Annual Fund” box (located under “Gift Designation” > “Support the Fuqua School of Business”)
- Enter “391-7580: CASE Social Entrepreneurship Initiative” under “Additional/Other Designations”
- Type “In Memory of Greg Dees” under “Designation Comments”