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Loyola mourns Julia Splendora Lattanze, founding benefactor of David D. Lattanze Center for Information Value

November 19, 2013 | By Nick Alexopulos

The Loyola University Maryland community is celebrating the life of Julia Splendora Lattanze, founding benefactor of the University’s David D. Lattanze Center for Information Value, which is named in honor of her late husband.

Ms. Lattanze, of Towson, Md., died on Nov. 17. She was 74.

With financial contributions from Ms. Lattanze, the Lattanze family, and others, Loyola launched the Lattanze Center in 1987 and its efforts continue today.

David Lattanze earned his MBA from Loyola in 1982, near the end of his distinguished 25-year career at IBM. Soon after he wanted to establish a forum in the community where members of the I.T. business community could gather and exchange problems, ideas, and other subjects of interest that would be of benefit to all who participated. But in mid-1985 he became progressively ill and was diagnosed with cancer; he passed away in November 1986.

While Mr. Lattanze was ailing, his family – led by his wife – contacted Loyola to explore the possibility of the University carrying on his dream of creating a forum for the community.

“Julia Lattanze was a consistent advocate for the Lattanze Center and its mission of informing business executives about the benefits and strategic opportunities of using information technology,” said Paul Tallon, Ph.D., associate professor of information systems and operations management at Loyola. “She helped to provide a sense of direction for the center, often quoting her husband David and his love of education. She was a tireless supporter of Loyola and our commitment to educating the whole person.”

The David D. Lattanze Center for Information Value was formed as a joint venture designed to create a partnership between the information technology community and Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business and Management. As a nationally recognized center of excellence for management collaboration, the Lattanze Center seeks to advance relevance and rigor in shared knowledge about information systems through synergies among academics, business professionals, and students. It supports funded research, symposia, and working papers to facilitate the sharing of new knowledge about information technology and systems. Each year, the Lattanze Center recognizes a CIO of the Year who personifies the values of Lattanze and the values of Loyola.

Information on services for Ms. Lattanze is available at ruckfuneralhomes.com

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