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LaRue T. Hosmer, U-M Ross Professor Emeritus of Corporate Strategy, Passes Away

2/24/2014 --

Professor Hosmer was a leading figure in entrepreneurial education and business ethics.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — LaRue T. Hosmer, U-M Ross professor emeritus of corporate strategy and a pioneer in entrepreneurial education, passed away Sunday, February 23, at the age of 86.

LaRue was a beloved member of the Ross faculty community and a visionary educator. He was a leading expert on new ventures, writing business plans, and business ethics. The book he co-authored in 1977, The Entrepreneurial Function: Text and Cases on Smaller Firms, was a seminal work in the field.

A World War II Marine Corps veteran, LaRue embodied the Michigan Ross mission of developing leaders who make a positive difference in the world. He taught the first section of Entrepreneurial Management in 1971, his approach formed by his own experience as the founder of a business. He also introduced a course in managerial ethics in 1988.

LaRue was a great believer in interdisciplinary work, and created the Hosmer Faculty Luncheons (now known as the Hosmer-Hall Interdisciplinary Research Luncheons) as a way for all Ross faculty members to meet, showcase research, and promote new collaborations.

Though he retired from Ross in 1996, he remained active teaching and writing. His most recent book, Avoiding Corporate Breakdowns: The Nature and Extent of Managerial Responsibility, was published last year.

LaRue’s father was one of the first professors at Harvard Business School, and his mother graduated from Wellesley College. He earned his bachelor’s degree, MBA, and PhD from Harvard.

No service is planned. The family requests donations in his name to the educational nonprofit of your choice.

The Ross community extends its deepest sympathies to LaRue’s family and loved ones.

For more information, contact:
Terry Kosdrosky, (734) 936-2502,