Robert E. Coffey, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, retired from USC’s Marshall School of Business in 1998 after 35 years of service. He remained an independent consultant until 2001. During his USC career he was an early director of the Entrepreneur Program, Director of the M.B.A. Program, and served twice as department chair. He co-authored two textbooks in organization and management, was President of the USC Faculty Senate, and served several years on the Senate Executive Board. He was elected to the Fellows of The Academy of Management in 1976. He participated in Executive Development Programs both at USC and as an independent consultant.
Bob’s USC Living History Project interview provides more insight into his work at USC and life after retirement.
In retirement Bob was Past-president of the Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Club, a board member of the Peninsula Symphony Association, Past-president of the USC Retired Faculty Association, a member of the Retired Faculty/Staff Benefits and Resources Committee and a member of two men’s breakfast clubs. He actively participated in Emeriti Center and Retired Faculty Association activities. He was alsoTreasurer for two organizations, AROHE.org and USC’s University Park Investment Group.
“Retirement is an individual thing. There are some commonalities, but there are no cookie cutter rules. My suggestion is to start thinking early how you want to live life after retiring. Some enjoy continuing their chosen career activities, but others choose to do entirely new things. Both can be satisfying. Personally, I have found participating as a volunteer in service organizations to be fulfilling.” Robert E. Coffey, 2012
Bob continued his valuable contributions as a senior advisor to the USC Emeriti Center until his passing in December 2018.