Carl S. Sloane

Published July 28, 2015, issue of August 06, 2015.

Carl S. Sloane, the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, Harvard Business School, passed away on July 28, 2015 after a brief illness. He was the son of George and Dorothy Sloane, and was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on February 9, 1937. He leaves his beloved wife of 56 years, Toby M. Sloane (née Tattlebaum), his children Lisa, Amy, and Todd, and their spouses Robert, Nicolas, and Lili, his five cherished grandchildren Alexandra, Charles, Olivia, Sally, and Ian, and his brothers Richard and Stephen Sloane. He resided in Highland Beach, Florida.

After graduating from Far Rockaway High School in 1954, he attended Harvard University, Class of 1958, and Harvard Business School, graduating with honors in 1960. In a career spanning nearly 50 years, Professor Sloane spent 30 years in management consulting, the last 20 with the firm he co-founded, Temple, Barker & Sloane, and its successor firm, Mercer Management Consulting, where he served as Chairman and CEO. He also served as Co-Chairman of Alix Partners/Questor Holdings, and as Chairman of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In addition to consulting, he served on the Boards of Andell, Ltd., American President Companies, The Brinks Company, Ionics, Leaseway Transportation, MedSource Technologies, Moore McCormack, Rayonier and Sapient.

At Harvard Business School, his principal focus was on leadership of organizations undergoing significant, transformational change. Through a lifetime engagement to entrepreneurship, teaching and philanthropy, his charismatic, thoughtful vision for leadership has been shared with many who will carry it forth as his legacy.

His lifelong philanthropic engagement included service on the boards of Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC, the Cardio Vascular Institute at BIDMC, the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, the Jewish Community Center of Marblehead, and the Harvard Hillel Foundation. He and Toby were also active supporters of Congregation Shirat Hayam, Birthright Israel, AIPAC, and Friends of the IDF.

Deeply caring, generous, and passionately engaged in his family and the communities he was part of, he touched the lives of many by whom he’ll be remembered.

Services will be held at Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott on Wednesday, July 29, at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Congregation Shirat Hayam Cemetery, Temple Israel Section, Peabody. Memorial observance Wednesday evening and Thursday evening at his late residence. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, c/o Chris Laping, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215. Arrangements were handled by Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem. For online condolences, visit

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