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Giving Thanks, Again . . .

By Art van Bodegraven | 11/22/2017 | 2:44 PM

Please enjoy the thoughts and musings of our friend, supporter, and long-time contributor Art van Bodegraven Jr., who passed away on June 18, 2017. Art was a prolific writer and had amassed a collection of unpublished blog posts he had planned to run well into the future. To honor his memory, we will continue to post these remaining blogs as he had intended. If you’ve been a fan of The Art of Art blog, check out our tribute.


Being around to give thanks again this year is a great reason to give thanks, anyway.  And, I am, despite some doubts, vertical and mobile.

Major thanks go to mijn vrouw, a 24/7 caregiver and gifted health care professional, who has seen me through both the years of fighting off pancreatic cancer, and the longer-term recovery process involving unplanned and unknown maladies and side effects.  These, alone, have given me an intimate look into ER processes and protocols at one of the nation's best hospitals.

Kudos to my several doctors, RN's, Nurse Anesthetists, and other staff.  They, in surgery, general practice, nephrology, gastroenterology, and a few other specialities, have been skilled, attentive, creative, and committed.  The horror stories of old-time medical practice are: yes, horrible, and, old-time.  Medicine today is a marvel of life-saving and curative practice.

Family is huge, and a mega-dose of comfort and support comes from our sons, daughters, and their significant others.  This group includes grandchildren, sensitive, bright, caring, talented, and also supportive - La Diva, The Kid, Los Colombianos.

I have held on to the privilege of observing and commenting on developments in my chosen (and magnificent) profession, in the universe of supply chain management.  Physical limitations in driving, traveling, and working on projects do not restrict the application of a jaundiced eye on goings-on in the business.

Along with this remaining attachment, I treasure the relationships with colleagues, local and national, who challenge my thinking and prop me up in weaker moments.

Thanks to all, and for everything.  See you next year!



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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.


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