William Dymsza (1920-2007)
Eulogy by Farok Contractor

Some of you may recall Bill Dymsza as an early Editor of JIBS (when it was housed at Rutgers) and for his noted text on "Multinational Business Strategy" which has a significant focus on Foreign Market Entry Alternatives and the internationalization path of companies.

I knew Bill as a senior colleague, who I respected not only for his scholarship but for his intense dedication to the field of International Business. I did not know all the details of his rather colorful background that he was content to conceal behind a most unassuming manner. He knew, from his overseas experience, how insular American students and business were.

Bill was a Marine during World War II, stationed in China with an intelligence unit. After the war, he went to the Wharton School, graduating in 1948 with a MBA, and doctorate in 1951. He taught at Boston College, then became Chief Economist for the federal Office of Price Stabilization in Boston during the early 1950s, implementing price controls during the Korean War. He was also assistant economic commissioner with the US State Department, and served in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam during the mid-1950s

He met his wife Begonia (a Spaniard) in Paris where he was teaching International Business to US military officers (as a lecturer from the University of Maryland) and she was studying French. They celebrated their 50th anniversary a few weeks before Bill passed on, in the same suburb of Boston where his Polish immigrant parents had run a chicken farm in the first part of the 20th Century.

Bill Dymsza was at Rutgers from 1958 until he retired in 1985, and spent the rest of his time in Hollywood Florida, Braintree Massachusetts and Valencia.

For all his many accomplishments in life which included pioneering International Business studies, I remember Bill most for his gentle demeanor, unfailing support to junior colleagues, and fierce dedication to our field. He appeared to me to have no axe to grind, no personal agenda to push other than to help his colleagues.

A scholar? Emphatically "yes."   But also a disinterested and benevolent gentleman.

William Dmysza passed away on June 20, 2007 of heart failure. He was 86 and in retirement.

Last Updated: July 2007

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