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Former Business School Dean Floyd A. Bond died December 24

1/5/2005 --

Under his leadership in the 1960s and 1970s, the school greatly enlarged both its academic programs and facilities.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Floyd A. Bond, former dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, died Dec. 24 in California. He was 91.

Bond served as the school's fifth dean, from 1960 to 1978, and worked as a faculty member at the school (then known as the School of Business Administration) until retiring in 1983.

During his tenure, Bond oversaw construction of the Paton Accounting Center and Assembly Hall, founded Dividend magazine, hired the first alumni relations director and launched significant efforts to both internationalize the school and proactively recruit African American students.

"We would not be the business school we are today without Floyd Bond's able leadership during two important decades in our history," said Ross School of Business Dean Robert J. Dolan. "On behalf of our 36,000 alumni, nearly 2,800 students, faculty and staff, I salute Dean Bond and extend our condolences to his family."

As dean emeritus, Bond also was the Donald C. Cook Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Business Economics. He was internationally known for his expertise in business education and economics during a career that spanned 45 years.

Born in Farmington, Mich., Bond earned three degrees from the University of Michigan: a bachelor's in 1938, a master's in 1940 and a doctorate in 1942. He taught in the U-M economics department from 1938 until 1946. He also taught economics at Carlton and Pomona colleges and served as director of business education for the Committee for Economic Development in New York.

He is survived by sons Richard of Corvallis, Ore., and Robert (Vicki) of Pasadena, Calif., and three grandchildren.

A memorial will be held in Michigan this spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, the Emeriti Ph.D. Fellowship at the Ross School, or to a charity of one's choice. Sympathy cards may be sent to Robert Bond, 1455 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847