Stephen R Covey passed away on Monday, at an Idaho hospital. The 79 year old author of the best seller, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” had a bicycle accident back in April and sustained serious injuries which he never fully recovered from.
Covey fell off his bike and sustained major injuries to his head leading to his hospitalization on April 19. According to Provo police Sergeant Brandon Post, the author fell during a ride near his home in Provo, Utah,.
Family members say that the accident is the cause of his death, now three months later.
Covey was a former Professor at Brigham Young University in Utah and also the founder of an executive training center in Salt Lake City. FranklinCovey was a partnership in which he merged with Franklin Quest Co. FranklinCovey offered seminars in time-management seminars and publications.
Covey, who was born and raised in Salt Lake City, was a graduate of Harvard where he earned a master’s degree in business administration. He also earned a doctorate from Brigham Young.
His self-help book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change,” is what really branded him as a leader in the self help genre. The book was originally published in 1989.
Although Covey was best known for “The 7 Habits…” he wrote several more bestsellers and was a highly acclaimed motivational speaker on the Fortune 100 circuit. He also served as a consultant to companies such as Procter & Gamble and NASA.
On Monday, Covey’s colleagues at Utah State University, where he has been a faculty member since 2010, remembered him as a great scholar and mentor to his students.
”Dr. Covey touched the lives of people around the world in very personal ways,” Utah State President Stan Albrecht said in a statement. “He was an inspirational leader who was always a powerful voice for individual integrity, strong character and extreme trustworthiness in every aspect of life.”
At the time of his death, Covey was accompanied by his loving wife, his children and their spouses. They obliged his wishes and sang him his favorite hymns.