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Professor Nehrt died on Mar.13, 2013 in Bloomington, Indiana.  He was born in Baldwin, IL, the son of Martin and Amanda Nehrt, and graduated from Sparta High School in 1944.  He received a BS in engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  He met his wife, Ardith (nee Saltzman) in Honolulu and they were married in the Chapel at Pearl Harbor.  After serving for four years as an officer in the Coast Guard, including several years as Executive Officer of the USCGC NETTLE, he resigned and, along with his wife, went to France where they studied for two years at the University of Paris from which he received a Diploma in Political Science.  He then received an MBA from Columbia University followed by four years of work with Atomics International, a California company.  He returned to Columbia University and earned his PhD in International Business in 1962.

His first teaching position was at Indiana University, beginning in 1962. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1965 and to Professor in 1969.  In 1974, he transferred to Wichita State University where he was R. P. Clinton Professor of International Management (an endowed chair).  From Kansas he went to New York City where he was Director of the World Trade Institute, in the World Trade Center.  His last teaching position was as the Owens-Illinois Professor of International Management (an endowed chair) at Ohio State University.  He retired from teaching in 1986.

Among his overseas consultancies, from 1965 - 1967 he was Ford Foundation Advisor to the Minister of Economics and Planning in Tunisia.  From 1969 - 71 he was Chief of Party of a Ford Foundation project to develop the Institute of Business Administration in Dacca University in East Pakistan.  Then, from 1986 - 1989 he was World Bank Advisor to the Ministry of Planning in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Dr. Nehrt was a frequent consultant to the United Nations and to the World Bank.  He was Chief of Mission on 23 consultancies to various countries in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. 

His professional association was the Academy of International Business. He became a member in 1960, served as Vice President from 1967-69; and served as President from 1972-74. He also served as the first Dean of the Fellows of the Academy from 1978-1981.

He is the author of the following books: (1) Foreign Marketing of Nuclear Power Plants – 1965; (2) Financing Capital Equipment Exports – 1966; (3) International Finance for Multinational Business – 1967; (4) International Business Research: Past, Present and Future, with Richard Wright and Fred Truitt – 1969; (5) The Political Climate for Private Investment in North Africa – 1970; (6) Managerial Strategy for the Middle East, (in Arabic) with Ali El Salmi – 1972; (7) Managerial Policy and Strategy for S.E. Asia, with Lamp Li – 1973; (8) Managerial Strategy in an Asian Context, with Emanuel Soriano – 1974.

His publications also include the following monographs: (1) Education in International Business, with Steve Robock – 1963; (2) Business and International Education (ed.) – 1977; (3) The Internationalization of the Business School Curriculum, - 1979; (4) The Political and Economic Analysis of Countries, - 1981.


Last Updated: March 2013

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