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Tribute to Former Xerox CEO, David T. Kearns, Past Baldrige Supporter

March 11, 2011

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Chuck Chada, former Xerox executive and incoming Chair of the Baldrige Panel of Judges reflects that it often helps to distill thoughts down to a personal level - David Kearns; former CEO and Chairman of Xerox from 1982 -1991, former Deputy Secretary of Education, and a man of many accomplishments, passed away February 25.  A major part of his legacy resulted from his efforts in implementing Leadership through Quality to restore Xerox to a competitive position, efforts which were validated when Xerox won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The honor of winning Baldrige in 1989 was always very special and remained a key accomplishment to Mr. Kearns. Vernon Jordan delivered the eulogy at Mr. Kearns’ funeral and related how Mr. Kearns jumped up and down in his office with the glee of a school boy when he learned that Xerox had won.  Over 20 years later, obituaries referenced the Baldrige award and contained photos of Mr. Kearns on stage with President Bush.   I can think of no other Public / Private Sector partnership program that has had this type of deep and lasting impact.  Read more at