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29 Negot. J. 1 (2013)

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             Editor's Note




Roger Fisher died August 25, 2012, in Hanover, New Hampshire,  at age
ninety His contribution to the field of negotiation and conflict resolution
was wide  and deep. His early commitment to peacemaking was animated
by the fact that four of his eight college roommates died in combat in World
War Two. Over the course of his long life, Roger played an advisory role in
diplomatic efforts to end bloodshed in troubled areas all over the globe.
    Roger was also committed to sensible resolution of day-to-day transac-
tions, from lawsuits and labor disputes to commercial negotiations. He
wrote or co-wrote more than a dozen books, most famously Getting to Yes:
Negotiating Agreement  without Giving in, by far the best-selling text in
our field. Practicing what he preached, he often enlisted younger coauthors
whose  perspectives enriched his own.
    Roger  was  also cofounder of the Program  on Negotiation, which
sponsors this journal. To say that he will be profoundly missed by his
friends and colleagues here is true but not accurate. Miss is far too mild
a word  to capture the depth of fondness and gratitude we feel toward
him. It is also off the mark in that Roger is still very much with us,
guiding how we  think, how we teach, and how we understand the world.
When  it comes to energy, curiosity, optimism, and goodwill, Roger set the
bar incredibly high. Those of us who worked with him were privileged to
have such a mentor.
    We  learned of Roger's death shortly before this issue was going to
press. We are now in the midst of preparing a special section of the April
2013 issue of the Negotiation journal in which several of his collaborators
will analyze different aspects of his work. The February 2013 edition of the
Harvard  Law   Review  (HLR)  will include tributes by, among others,
Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, who  writes of Roger's unflagging
commitment   to link theory and practice. The puzzles that intrigued him
were  those that, if solved, could make the most positive impact in the
world. As Minow  notes, the more hopeless a problem seemed, the more
Roger was drawn to it. And it was through those cases that Roger tested and
refined his frameworks for analyzing and conducting negotiations.
    Robert Mnookin  succeeded Roger as the Samuel Williston Professor at
Harvard Law School and as head of the Program on Negotiation. Mnookin's
tribute in HLR salutes Roger's contributions to prescriptive theory build-
ing, which was evident in both his writing and his teaching. Bruce Patton
and William Ury  -  both coauthors of Getting to Yes - describe other
facets of Roger's nature. Ury describes how, as a young doctoral student, he
was stunned to get a call out of the blue from Roger. Roger had come across


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