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Ryan Carter, City Editor
Posted: 07/29/2013 07:46:51 PM PDT

Shel Bockman, who in 1985 was one of a trio of Cal State San Bernardino faculty to establish the Institute of Applied Research, beginning a regular series of reports that measured the business climate of San Bernardino, died Saturday after a long illness.

He was 77.

Bockman, of Riverside, established the institute in 1985 along with Barbara Sirotnik and Donald Lindsey. All three were on the faculty at Cal State San Bernardino, but it was through their consulting with businesses that they found a need to establish the institute as a way to offer firms information that could help them move forward.

“We saw a need in the community for applied research … organizations that needed information to make decisions,” Sirotnik said.

They approached the university, asking only that they could use the university’s name on the information they were offering, Sirotnik said.

From the university, the group of PhDs — Bockman’s was in sociology — provided survey research, economic forecasting and strategic planning.

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