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Stan Marash, STAT-A-MATRIX Founder Dies

Long-time quality leader was 71

Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 16:27

Stanley A. Marash, founder of STAT-A-MATRIX, a noted leader in the performance improvement field, and long-time columnist for Quality Digest magazine, died Dec. 17 at the age of 71.

Quality was Marash’s hallmark. As chairman and CEO of STAT-A-MATRIX, which he founded in 1968, he was a trailblazer in the international performance improvement field. He was among the pioneers who helped to popularize approaches such as statistical process control, total quality management, ISO 9000 family of standards, and Six Sigma methodology in the United States and around the world.

Recognized as a quality and performance improvement leader, Marash specialized in guiding senior executives in large corporations and government agencies to develop original and cutting-edge approaches to performance excellence. His unique “Fusion Management” approach provided the framework for scores of organizations to design and implement performance improvement programs that were individually tailored for the culture and needs of each client company.

As an expert in the nuclear regulations sector, Marash provided the first commercial nuclear auditor training course in the world. Later he worked with the Brazilian government to develop a commercial regulatory program. In 1978, Marash was retained by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an advisor and led the training rollout of the then-new medical device regulation to all FDA investigators.

In 1988, he developed the first accredited master’s degree program in quality. This program was conducted in partnership with Tampa College (1989–1993) and Loyola University of New Orleans (1993–2002), and provided master’s degrees to hundreds of students around the world.

In 2001, Marash acquired Oriel Inc. (formerly Joiner Associates) as a sister organization to STAT-A-MATRIX, to provide lean and Six Sigma offerings to service industries. The two brands have operated under The SAM Group umbrella since that year.

During his lengthy career, Marash received many accolades including, from the American Society for Quality (ASQ), the E. Jack Lancaster Medal (2000), awarded to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and contributions when promoting quality on an international front; the George D. Edwards Medal (2004), presented to the person who has demonstrated the most outstanding leadership in the application of modern quality control methods, both national awards from the American Society for Quality (ASQ); and the Ellis R. Ott Award in recognition of his contributions and commitment to statistical quality control (SQC).

Marash had numerous professional affiliations and accreditations including Quality New Jersey founder and chairman emeritus, World Quality Council founder and past chairman, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Executive Standards Council member, one of the original examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, ASQ Fellow, ASQ-certified quality engineer, ASQ-certified reliability engineer, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) member, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) member, American Statistical Society member, American Society for Mechanical Engineering (ASME) member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) senior member, and registered professional engineer (CA).

Marash is survived by his wife Muriel, daughter Judi, son Alan, and two grandchildren, Talia and Sam.

Editor's note:
Quality Digest extends its condolences to Stan Marash's family and friends.

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Founded in 1968, STAT-A-MATRIX is the world's leading consulting and training organization dedicated to improving business processes, management systems, and quality and regulatory compliance. We offer ongoing consulting and training in every aspect of business process improvement. Our approach is a unique blend of concepts, methods, techniques, and tools designed to transfer skills and knowledge to your organization's personnel.