As per my signature below, I teach in a school of business, having received my PhD at Michigan in 1989. LaRue had been an important supporter of minehe taught the Strategic Management seminar I took, was on my dissertation committee, and remained a confidant/adviser as I faced ethical dilemmas which he describes so clearly in the chapter I refer to below. Right and wrong was always very clear to LaRueand his advice was a clear demonstration of that.
To the motivation for this message: I often bring guests into my Strategy class; this past term I had Mr. Richard H. (Dick) Auchinleck; Lead Director, Connoco Phillips; Lead Director, Telus as a guest. I always have class guests read the assigned readings for the session and meet with them prior to class. This year in meeting Dick the week before classhe was so impressed with one of the assigned chapters (Managerial Ethics and Organizational Design (Hosmer; in The Ethics of Management, 3rd ed., Homewood, IL: Irwin, 1996), that I decided that I would contact LaRue.
I knew that LaRue had been in physical pain that last few times I had visited Ann Arborand shared with Dick that I wondered how he was. In looking him up, I found out that he had passed away. That is very sadI did want to share with you, however, that LaRue, as stated above, had been a real supporter of mineand had been very important as I faced career challenges.
BTW, I use a second chapter of LaRue's in my research: Intercollegiate Athletics And The NCAA (Case I-5, pp. 23-33) in Moral Leadership in Business (LaRue Hosmer, 1994, Richard Irwin, Inc.). This has been revised and updated as: Hosmer, L., & Wolfe, R. (2004). Intercollegiate Athletics: The President's Dilemma; this is a substantially revised version of LaRue's 1994 chapter.
LaRue does live onin the classroom, my research and in my deep appreciation.
Given that I could not share this deep appreciation for LaRue's friendship and support with himI am Very Pleased that I can do so in contacting you, Jill.
All the Very Best,
Richard Wolfe, PhD
Professor of Strategic Management
Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2, Canada
Jill, it is a wonderful tribute to keep the guestbook updated with photos and citations! Thank you! Yes, LaRue was wonderful at connecting people to resources and engaging in fascinating conversation! We actually met at Starbucks where we both were having early morning coffee and fell into conversation and so met most mornings of the week for coffee and inspiring conversation!
I have decided to periodically put up items such as pictures of him and materials when scholars cite his research. He dedicated his life to supporting growth in individuals, connecting people and inspiring intellectual conversation. I thought that keeping this page up and continuing to develop it is the best way to honor him.
Thank you for your sweet and funny post! I can certainly envision LaRue's presence in your comments.
37 years ago, graduating with my MBA, Prof. Hosmer was by far my favorite professor - had him for three classes. He offered to sponsor me as a Phd student at Harvard, which was the finest and most unexpected compliment I ever received from anyone in my life. I imagine you are giving the Almighty himself lessons on ethics. I salute you, sir!
Mr. Hosmer was my favorite professor when I received my MBA in 1978. He had a passion and joy about his work that made me want to be around him and in his class. He was the professor I thought most about when remembering the Business School years later. I always wished I could have lived closer so that I could visit him not as a student but as one adult man to another. I understood him as a fellow Veteran and sometimes I could get him to talk (briefly) about his WW II experiences. I also admired him as a true gentleman. He was always willing to help us students and he was a great teacher. I was very saddened to learn of his passing in Spring 2014 issue of Dividend Magazine. RIP Mr. Hosmer. My condolences to the family.
LaRue and I were colleagues at MBS for 2 decades. He actually started the faculty lunch series about 20 years ago! I remember LaRue quite fondly.
One of the highlights of my business school experience was as a student in Professor Hosmer's entrepreneurial management class at the Michigan Business School. I fondly recall his energy and enthusiasm -- almost child-like -- remarkable to me for someone in the latter stage of a faculty career. His approachability and friendliness belied his world-class business intellect and accomplishment. The inspiration, encouragement, and counsel that he provided to so many will be missed.
I was fortunate to know Professor Hosmer first as a professor in the business school and after that as a friend and mentor. In the years since graduate school, he was a source of many good conversations, thoughtful insights, and constructive guidance. LaRue's mannerisms and demeanor were truly remarkable, and he has inspired so many to higher ideal. He is a role model for all who knew him, and he will be missed.
Twenty years ago, I came to Michigan as LaRue's successor teaching business ethics. No one could have been more supportive. He had already done the hard work by courageously insisting that the Business School have an ethics course. He went to bat for me numerous times. He shared every scrap of material he had written to help me. I still teach his decision-making process and my new new textbook is littered with LaRue's nuggets. I simply cannot imagine what my career would have been like had it not been for him.
LaRue was a wonderful father - insightful, caring, thoughtful and accepting. I was lucky to have his counsel through my life. His high values were clear to my own students as they read two of his most recent books. He leaves a lasting legacy in business management, strategy and ethics education.
In the year and a half getting to know Dr. Hosmer, it was quickly clear to me that he was one of a kind. He was intelligent, forward-thinking, and humble. He will be missed by many.
I'm so sorry to hear this news. We spent many fascinating hours with Mr. Hosmer discussing so many topics, especially ethics. He was always a true gentleman - kind and considerate, always listening to what others had to say and concerned that everyone felt heard and respected. We will miss him greatly.
LaRue was a cherished friend. I always enjoyed our many conversations at Starbucks and then Glacier Hills. His courtliness and erudition and sense of humor were a delight. I so admired his work in business ethics. I will miss you, LaRue!