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Marquette Business remembers Ralph Brownlee (1920-2013)
Dr. Ralph Brownlee, emeritus professor of marketing, made an indelible mark on Marquette Business, having taught in the Marketing Department for 54 years. He passed away Wednesday, April 24, at the age of 92.

According to a 2002 profile in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Brownlee wasn't planning on being a professor of anything. He was wrapping up work on an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and headed for a career in retailing. But when he returned home to Milwaukee on spring break and visited Marquette, where he earned his undergraduate degree, Father Thomas Devine, dean of the business school, suggested he try teaching. Brownlee did, found he loved it and never left.”

In 1999, Marquette Business named the atrium in Straz Hall after Brownlee – it still bears his name today.

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Brownlee’s obituary, from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 29, 2013
Brownlee’s eulogy, delivered by alumnus James J. Fridl (’68, ’70), former student and friend


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Three Marquette Business professors receive grants

Over the past two months, three Marquette Business professors received grants for various research projects. Dr. John Davis, professor of economics, received a $74,250 award from the Institute for New Economic Thinking; Dr. Olga Yakusheva, associate professor of economics, received a $50,000 award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Dr. Craig Andrews, professor and Charles H. Kellstadt Chair in Marketing, received a $3,600 award from the Marketing Science Institute.








Cheryl Maranto, chair and associate professor of management, commented on Caterpillar Inc.’s tough labor negotiation and the effects of the slowdown in the global mining industry.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 6, 2013
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Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, commented in separate interviews on the declining unemployment rate in April and the recent rise in gas prices.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 4, 2013

Olga Yakusheva, professor of economics, led a study to discover why women really gain weight and found that weight gain is influenced by peers of higher status.

Story appeared on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), May 14, 2013

Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, commented on the proposed elimination of residency requirements for firefighters and police officers in Milwaukee, saying that any economic impact on the city would probably be temporary.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), May 10, 2013



Alumni association names new executive board, welcomes new directors

The Marquette University Business Administration Alumni Association named new executive officers to its board of directors. This year’s president is Christine (Krahn) Wolf, ’97, a sales and marketing manager for Saratoga Communications; the vice president and president-elect is Craig Schaefer, ’07, a materials manager at Rockwell Automation. Additionally, the MUBAAA board welcomed five new directors to its board. The full list of new officers and directors is available online.












Accounting alumnus named CFO of the Year

Jonathan Sohn, a 1995 accounting alumnus and senior vice president and chief financial officer for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, was named CFO of the Year by the Business Journal of Milwaukee. In its fifth year recognizing southeast Wisconsin’s accomplished CFOs, the Business Journal honored Sohn in the Large Private Companies ($250 million+) category.

EMBA alumna named executive director of nation’s largest youth orchestra

Linda Edelstein, a 2011 executive MBA alumna, has been named executive director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the largest youth orchestra in the United States. She leaves her role as the chief operating officer for the United Performing Arts Fund.