Ernest William Ogram, Jr.
Eulogy by Jeffrey Arpan

With the passing of Georgia State University Professor Emeritus Ernest W.(Bill) Ogram, Jr. in 1999, the field of International Business and the AIB lost one of its first elected Fellows. An economics Ph.D. graduate of the University of Illinois, Bill joined the business faculty at Georgia State University (GSU) in 1959. His interest in  international Business and Economics fostered his initial membership in the AEIB (Association for Education in International Business, the predecessor of today's AIB), and the creation (the following decade) of GSU's Institute of International Business - one of America's first tenure track faculty organizations in International Business. In short, Bill was international before international became cool! Wild Bill's commitment to International Business and his hiring skills were impressive - as evidenced by his successive hiring and subsequent management of four young assistant professors who would serve as presidents of the AIB: John Daniels, Duane Kujawa, José de la Torre, and yours truly, Jeff Arpan. He also served, from 1970-1975, as the first editor of JIBS - the top-ranked academic journal in the field of International Business. The AIB and the entire field of International Business owe a great deal to Bill Ogram. May he rest in peace.

Last Updated: October 2007


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