The Michael J. Fox Foundation mourns the passing of management and computing pioneer and philanthropist Andrew S. Grove. He died on March 21, 2016, at age 79.
Andrew S. Grove accepted the title of senior advisor to The Michael J. Fox Foundation in January 2006, having worked closely with MJFF's leadership since May 2001. Following his diagnoses of prostate cancer in 1995 and Parkinson's disease in 2000, he became a major voice calling for a "cultural revolution" in biomedical research to speed the delivery of cures. In 2008 he announced his intention to dedicate a portion of his estate, up to $40 million, to MJFF. This bequest established The Legacy Circle, the Foundation's planned giving society.
Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1936, Mr. Grove graduated from the City College of New York in 1960 with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree and received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1968, Mr. Grove participated in the founding of technology giant Intel Corporation. He then served as senior advisor to Intel following prior roles as the company's president, chief executive officer and chairman.
Mr. Grove was a lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and received numerous honorary degrees including an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard University (2000). An author of several books and numerous articles in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, Mr. Grove also was the author of a weekly column on management which was carried by several newspapers.
Among his many honors, Mr. Grove was named the Most Influential Business Person in the Last Twenty-Five Years by the Wharton School of Business in 2004 and Time magazine's "Man of the Year" in 1997.
The Founders' Council was created in 2008 to recognize individuals who have made significant and transformative contributions to our Foundation's efforts as part of our Board of Directors or as special advisors to the Foundation. Council members continue their involvement with MJFF on an as-needed basis, strategically advising on questions relevant to their areas of interest or expertise.