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Memorial Service Set for Stahrl Edmunds, Founding Dean of UCR Business School

Memorial Service Set for Stahrl Edmunds, Founding Dean of UCR Business School

(July 29, 1999)

A memorial service for Stahrl W. Edmunds, the founding dean of the University of California, Riverside management school, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 30, at the Eternal Hills Mortuary Chapel in Oceanside.

Mr. Edmunds died at his Oceanside home on Sunday, July 25. He was 82.

He joined UCR in July 1967 as vice chancellor for administration, responsible for day-to-day business operations of the campus, as well as budget and institutional analysis. In 1969, he was appointed founding dean of UCR's then-Graduate School of Adminis tration, which has become The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management. He held that post until 1981. Mr. Edmunds retired in 1986, becoming a professor emeritus. As founding dean, Mr. Edmunds was responsible for curriculum planning and faculty hiring in the new Graduate School of Administration, which admitted its first students in 1970. At the time, the school offered master of administration degrees in business, public, educational and environmental administration.

During the planning phase, Dean Edmunds said that the school would embark on a "humanistic" approach to administration "that will provide tomorrow's managers with a broader, more socially oriented approach to administration...Students today are committed in one way or another to effecting some positive changes, particularly where they see that the rate of overpopulation, industry and society itself is destroying natural and human resources."

During his academic career, Mr. Edmunds authored many books and articles on economics and management, including "Environmental Administration," published in 1973 with co-author John Letey, a distinguished professor of soil physics at UCR. He spoke public ly on such issues as the aerospace industry and marketing strategy.

From 1977 to 1985, he also served as director of the Dry Lands Research Institute at UCR. Mr. Edmunds was born May 15, 1917 in Lindstrom, Minn. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1939 and a master's degree in public administration in 1942, both from the University of Minnesota. In World War II, he served as a lieutenant commander i n the U.S. Navy.

Prior to joining UCR, he was with the Management Systems Division of the State Department's Agency for International Development. He also had executive positions with Hughes Aircraft Company, Ford Motor Company and McGraw-Hill Publishing, among other com panies.

Mr. Edmunds is survived by his wife, Amy Edmunds of Oceanside; sons Dewey Edmunds of Olivenhain, Calif., and Rollin Edmunds of Riverside; son-in-law Martin Towbin of Weed, Calif.; and three grandchildren. Prof. Edmunds' daughter, Laura Towbin, died July 22.

Eternal Hills Mortuary is located at 1999 El Camino Real in Oceanside. Interment will be private.

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