Dr. Larry Morton Austin

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Dr. Larry Morton Austin LUBBOCK-Dr. Larry Morton Austin, brilliant researcher, ingenious writer, masterful editor, gifted teacher, loyal husband, and devoted father, passed away early Friday, March 28, 2014, at University Medical Center with his loyal and caring son-in-law Uwe by his side. His mental acuity never failed, and his tenacious spirit overcame multiple illnesses, earning the designation of modern miracle of science by several physicians. He continued intellectual pursuits, including academic mentoring for his daughter, commenting on various publications and papers, as well as avid reading until the time of his passing. Dr. Austin leaves a legacy of integrity, intelligence, work ethic, equanimity, keen wit, and generosity that will continue through his daughter, as well as the hundreds of graduate students that he taught and mentored. The family invites his colleagues and friends to celebrate his life from 5 to 7 p.m. (program from 5:30 to 6:30) on Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Texas Tech Club, 550 University Avenue, Lubbock, TX. A tribute of Dr. Austin's life may be found at www.memorialdesigners.net, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family. Larry was born on Sept. 30, 1934, in Memphis, Tenn. He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Katherine Austin Beltz (whom he affectionately referred to as Dr. Austin, Jr.) of Lubbock and TTU; and his brothers, Dr. James Austin and Dr. Donald Austin. He is also survived by his son-in-law, E.H. Uwe Beltz; and his two sons, Jonathan and Tyler. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Jill Callihan Austin, R.N., who died on Dec. 16, 2012; parents, Katherine Morton and Larry Wallace Austin; and sister, Beverly Austin. On June 19, 1954, Larry married the love of his life, Junith Jill Callihan at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Olive Branch, Miss. He began his first successful career with a military officer appointment in the United States Air Force, becoming a decorated navigator (Vietnam), a production and operation research expert (Ph.D., Texas A&M University - 1971- Alpha Pi Mu, Sigma Xi, Operations Research Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Iota Epsilon), as well as a faculty member at the Air Force Academy. Retiring as a Lt. Colonel, he began a second successful career in 1976, joining the Texas Tech University College of Business Administration as the Area Coordinator of Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences (ISQS). Accepting the role of Associate Dean and Professor, he delighted in serving the faculty and students. Tenured as a full professor at Texas Tech, he chaired numerous dissertation efforts, authored hundreds of scholarly articles, published several editions of a graduate text- Management Science for Decision Makers , received the distinguished President's Award for Academic Achievement for Teaching and Research, was acknowledged multiple times as one of the Best Teachers at Texas Tech, edited hundreds of scholarly publications, and earned a large number of academic, discipline-specific awards and honors. Long after retiring, he remained a strong advocate for Texas Tech University and the (now) Rawls College of Business Administration. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, donations will be gratefully received to the Jill and Larry Austin Endowment for Graduate Education in ISQS at Texas Tech, or to the . The family wishes to acknowledge the herculean efforts of Dr. Paul Anderson and Dr. Luke Hinshaw, as well as the stellar care provided through the years by Dr. Ibrahim Shaloby, Dr. Jim Muto, Dr. Leigh A. Jenkins, Dr. Vernon Farthing, Dr. Bert Fowler, and Dr. Robert Wong. Larry will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and colleagues, and to his daughter he will always remain her first and largest hero - rest in peace Daddy you will be with me always.


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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Apr. 3 to Apr. 6, 2014
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