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!