In Memoriam: Dr. W. David Haseman and Dr. Russell Fenske

Professor Emeritus William (David) Haseman passed away in early December.  Dr. Haseman retired from the Lubar School of Business in 2014 after an outstanding 34-year career as a Wisconsin Distinguished Professor and IBM Professor of Information Technology Management.   Under his leadership, the ITM area built a strong reputation for high quality academic programs and scholarly research. As faculty director of the Center for Technology Innovation, he was also instrumental in building relationships with top-level IT executives, bringing academic programs, customized programs, and the research expertise of our faculty into formal partnerships with many regional companies. Perhaps his most significant accomplishment was his close work with SAP that resulted in UWM being designated as a host university for an SAP University Competence Center – one of only six in the world. In addition to his dedication in the classroom, Dr. Haseman also contributed a long record of research publications, book authorship, and conference and professional organization leadership.


Professor Emeritus Russell Fenske, one of the 16 charter members of the Lubar School of Business faculty, passed away in late December. He retired in 1995 after an academic career that spanned the business school, the UWM campus, and UW System.  Within the business school, he served not only as a faculty member in management science and business statistics, but also as Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, and Executive Director of Management and Masters Programs. At the campus level, he was an Assistant and Associate Vice Chancellor, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, and Acting Dean of the Graduate School.  He was also tapped to serve on many UW System task forces. Dr. Fenske’s many contributions to research and advancement of the profession included service as Vice President and Secretary of the Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS) and Secretary of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). In his early retirement, he authored “A History of the UWM School of Business Administration, the UWM Commerce Division, and Predecessors (1910-1997),” which interspersed the history of the school with social and historical anecdotes of the times.