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Fred V Hartenstein

May 26, 2005

Dr. Fred V Hartenstein, professor emeritus of management at Western Michigan University, died May 2 in Prescott, Ariz. He was 85.

Hartenstein was a faculty member from 1959 until his retirement in 1985. He came to WMU from Washington & Jefferson College with the charge to create a Department of Management in the College of Business. He became the first chair of the department when it was established in 1961, remaining in that role until being named associate dean of the college in 1969. He later returned to the faculty and served eight additional years as department chair.

Hartenstein was Faculty Senate president for two terms, was a member of the university's collective bargaining team and served on then-President James Miller's committee to study the nature and the future of WMU. After his retirement, he was a contract consultant with the WMU chapter of the AAUP for five years.

A native of Austria, Hartenstein emigrated to this country in 1920 and earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Pittsburgh.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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