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More than 10 years ago, we started this blog to provide Dr. J. Robert Beyster with a place to connect with current and former employees of SAIC—the company he founded in 1969—and to continue to discuss his revolutionary brand of employee ownership. Now, more than two years since his passing, we expect this to be […]

On behalf of the Beyster Family and Foundation for Enterprise Development, we are pleased to make final postings in the coming months on Dr. Beyster’s blog. We are excited about kicking off April with a tribute to Bob Beyster and SAIC. On April 3, 2017, the University of Michigan dedicated its newly renovated Nuclear Engineering […]

It’s been a little more than a year since the passing of Dr. J. Robert Beyster. While he may have left this world, his legacy continues in many ways. Notably, on December 21, 2015, UCSD announced the donation of the papers of Dr. Beyster to the UC San Diego Library. According to the announcement, “Beyster’s papers, which reflect his passion for entrepreneurship […]

Dr. J. Robert Beyster 1924-2014

Dr. J. Robert “Bob” Beyster was many things to many people—gifted scientist, successful entrepreneur and business leader, philanthropist, avid yachtsman, friend, loving father and husband—but above all, he was a remarkable man who changed the world for the better. Born in Detroit on July 26, 1924, and raised in Grosse Ile—an island community on the […]

Happy New Year

I hope you are all looking forward to the New Year like I am. It has been quite a year for me, but I still have much to do. I am very pleased with the progress we made in 2013 on a variety of different projects and initiatives. It gives me hope that there still […]

Last week, the FED hosted the fifth annual Beyster summer symposium for scholars researching employee ownership and participation, and who have been selected as fellows through a competitive fellowship program, administered by Rutgers University. There are now more than 80 fellows from across the country, including 24 Beyster Fellows, who are conducting interdisciplinary research about the impacts […]


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