September 10, 2002 - Atlanta Journal Constitution: Obituary for Nicaragua RPCV Maureen Blyler

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Obituary for Nicaragua RPCV Maureen Blyler

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OBITUARIES: ATLANTA: Maureen Blyler, doctoral student
Kay Powell - Staff
Tuesday, September 10, 2002

In a doctoral program filled with brilliant students, Maureen Blyler was notable for her drive.

"She was just incredibly driven," said Dr. Tim Dowd of Decatur, her dissertation committee chairman in Emory University's Department of Sociology. "She wasn't just an academician. She has to be one of the most varied people I've ever known. Her success in the academic arena was even more remarkable, given all that she did."

The memorial Mass for Ms. Blyler, 33, of Atlanta is 10 a.m. today at the Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King. She died Saturday at Haven House Hospice after being struck by a car while bicycling in Vinings Aug. 29. The body was cremated. National Cremation Society is in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Blyler taught in Emory's sociology department and its Goizueta School of Business, because her doctoral focus was on workplace issues, said a friend, Gant Adams of Atlanta.

Her most recent research, on black performers' success in the mainstream recording market, was published in a European journal in May.

Ms. Blyler had served in the Peace Corps, helping women in Nicaragua start up small businesses. She moved to Atlanta in 1993 and was a public health administrator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a job that took her to East Bloc and African countries, said Mr. Adams.

Recently, she had started competing in triathlons to raise money for charity. "That was a huge thing in her life," said Mr. Adams. "She was a swimmer and runner but took up bicycling from scratch."

"She was lots of fun," said Dr. Dowd. "She had a very dry and quick wit and was willing to use it."

Survivors include her mother, Dolores Widzgowski of West Grove, Pa.; a brother, John Widzgowski of Seattle; and a sister, Ann Marie Gears of Frederick, Md.

Maureen Blyler. M.P.I.A., University of Pittsburgh (Public and International Affairs); B.A., University of Delaware (International Affairs); Areas of Interest: Organizations; Economic Sociology.

Dissertation Research: "Making Markets: The Emergence of the New Economy Magazines" (committee: Tim Dowd, John Boli, Robert Drazin, MaryAnn Glynn)."

Publications: "Designing Organizations for Large Scale Product Development: The Role of Complexity, Interdependence & Intergration" Robert Drazin, Robert Kazanjian, & Maureen Blyler forthcoming in The International Handbook of Organizational Teamwork & Cooperation, editors West, Tjosvold, & Smith; "Charting Race: The Relative Succes of Black Performers in the Mainstream Recording Market, 1940-1990" TImothy Dowd, Maureen Blyler forthcoming in POETICS

Working Papers: "When Does an Acquirer Choose to Use an Investment Banker? A Resource Dependence Perspective" Maureen Blyler, Robert Drazin, Robert Kazanjian under review (R&R); "Ties that Split Pies: Dynamic Capabilities, Social Capital, & Rent Appropriation" Russel Coff, Maureen Blyler to be presented, 11/2001, Southern Management Association.

Current Research: "Using Strategic Advisors: Acquirer-Target Dyads and the Role of Bargaining Power in the Decision to Use Investment Banks (with Robert Drazin and Robert Kazanjian)," Under review; "Charting Race: The Relative Success of Black Performers in the Mainstream Recording Market, 1940-1900 (with Timothy J. Dowd)," Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, 2000, and the "Institutional Research Workshop, Kellogg School, Northwestern University, 2000; "Understanding Attributions, Understanding Training?: Sex, Race, and Employee Attributions for Denied Training," Presented at the Southern Sociological Society, 2000.

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