Marquette Business mourns the loss of Emeritus Dean Tom Bausch


July 22, 2013

Marquette Business mourns the death of Dr. Thomas Bausch, dean emeritus, who died July 17, 2013. Bausch was the dean of the college from 1978 to 1993 and continued to teach as a professor of management at Marquette until 2010.

An avid proponent of Catholic social teaching in business and management, he had a distinguished career centered on working with Jesuit universities and the Society of Jesus throughout the world. Among many other leadership positions, Bausch served as president of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, co-founder and executive director of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools, president of the World Union of Jesuit Alumni, and national president of Christian Life Community.

“Tom Bausch embodied an increasingly rare characteristic—the business dean who cultivated, articulated and comprehensively understood the unique role that our college has as a Catholic business school,” wrote Dr. Gene Laczniak, Sanders Emeritus Professor of Marketing, in a 2010 letter of support for Bausch’s emeritus status. “Most of Tom’s publications can be connected by themes such as Catholic Social Teaching, Ignatius of Loyola inspired pedagogy or the Role of Religion in Catholic B-school education. At different times, Tom has served as a consultant to the Milwaukee Archdiocese, the Jesuit community or various Catholic affiliated charities or social service organizations. It is no exaggeration to say that Tom is among the elite ‘Who’s Who’ of Catholic business education.”

In a similar letter, André L. Delbecq, McCarthy University Professor at Santa Clara University, wrote: “When I came to Santa Clara University as a new dean…Professor Bausch was the dean’s mentor both within the network of Catholic and Jesuit universities, bur more broadly within the AACSB. When Professor Bausch is scheduled to speak, members of the academy attend, listen and learn.”

Prior to joining Marquette, Bausch spent three years on the faculty at John Carroll University, after which he was appointed assistant dean of the business school where he managed the process that led to the school first earning its AACSB accreditation. Three years later, he accepted the deanship at the Bradley University College of Business.

Bausch earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from John Carroll University in 1960, followed by an MBA with a focus on international business in 1961 from Indiana University where he also received his doctorate in urban economics and international business in 1969.

Expressions of condolence may be sent to Mrs. Bernadine Bausch and Family, 1715 N. 71st St., Wauwatosa, Wis., 53213. Memorials may be made to the Thomas Bausch Scholarship Fund (for St. Augustine University of Tanzania, to benefit the underprivileged) or the Jesuit Seminary Guild.

Read Bausch's obituary in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...