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Harold M. Schroder Ph.D.

Harold M. Schroder, PhD On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2013 in Lansing, Michigan Harold M. Schroder died from injuries sustained in a falling accident. He was ninety years old. Harry was born on a sheep ranch in the Australian Outback on February 19, 1923. At the beginning of World War ll, he joined the Royal Australian Air Corps and flew against the Japanese throughout the war. After receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney, Harry came to the United States where he received his PhD at The Ohio State University in clinical psychology. Ohio State later honored him as one of its outstanding scholars and set aside a day of activities to recognize him. While studying in Columbus, he met and married the former Chloe Hayes, the mother of his three daughters, Maude Guerin, MD (Bill), Jean Clemens, PhD (Blake), and Elizabeth Hoagland (Tim). The couple divorced in 1970. Chloe preceded him in death in 2010. In addition to his daughters and their spouses, he is survived by three beloved Guerin grandsons, Nate, Marty, and Will. Shortly after receiving his doctorate he joined the faculty of Princeton University for seventeen years where he lectured and conducted research in social psychology. During this period he wrote and published prolifically in his field. It was also during this period that he concluded that the most practical and valuable use of his work was in the profession of management. In 1974 he joined the faculty of the College of Business at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida as Professor of Management and Chairman of the Management Department. He remained in this role until his retirement from USF . During his tenure he inaugurated the Master of Science in Management Program, founded The Center for Organizational Effectiveness, and conducted research in assessment for identifying high performing managers, including school principals. He documented this research with published articles and the book, Managerial Competence, The Key to Excellence, published in 1989. After retiring from academic life he continued his career with international consulting leading him to assignments in the United Kingdom, Russia, the Czech Republic and the Republic of South Africa. He worked and wrote well into his late eighties. Harry Schroder lived a full and productive life as rancher, athlete, scholar, wartime pilot, teacher, lecturer, researcher, writer, academic leader, and consultant around the globe. In his personal life he excelled at fatherhood, friendship, and fealty to family, friends, students and the organizations he served. Unquestionably, Harry Schroder was a man's man and, oh yes, a woman's man as well. His wit and wisdom will be sorely missed by those he touched. Over the upcoming period there will be a number of private memorial events organized by family, friends and colleagues.


Published in Lansing State Journal on Jan. 19, 2014
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