Eller College of Management Saddened by Passing of Former Associate Dean and Professor Gary M. Munsinger

Aug. 30, 2023
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The University of Arizona Eller College of Management is mourning the loss of one of its own. Gary M. Munsinger, who passed on Aug. 17 at 86, has been a part of the university and the Eller family for decades. His contributions have made a lasting impact upon the entire university, its staff and students. 

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A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he earned an MBA and Ph.D. in economics and marketing, before he joined to the University of Arizona in 1962.

Munsinger took on many important roles during his tenure at the University from 1962 to 1983, including serving as senior vice president for resources and vice president for planning and budget. He served as a professor of marketing at the Eller College of Management from 1971 to 1984 as well as associate dean from 1967 to 1971 and then as acting dean at the young age of 34 from 1971 to 1972. Throughout the early 1980s, he worked hard alongside then UArizona President Henry Koffler to establish the University as the prominent research institution it has become today.

In 1987 he left the university to become founding director and CEO of Research Corporation Technologies, a technology business development and investment firm now worth over $500 million. He stepped down as CEO in 2005 but remained on as chairman of the board until May 2018.

Munsinger was also a long-time member of the Tucson Airport Authority board, serving as chairman in 1991. He was also part of the board of the United Bank of Arizona and was active with local economic development groups such as Tucson 30 and Tucson Tomorrow.

In 2009 he endowed the Gary M. Munsinger Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Eller College, which is awarded to a member of the marketing faculty focused on research that advances the understanding of entrepreneurship in the field of marketing. While his professional achievements are most significant, he will be most remembered as a beloved teacher and mentor.

“The spirit and service of Gary will forever remain alive at the Eller College of Management, where he has left a lasting legacy,” says Karthik Kannan, dean and Halle Chair in Leadership of the Eller College. “We send our deepest condolences to his wife, family and friends as we all navigate the weight of his loss.”

Munsinger is survived by his wife of 32 years, Alethea Caldwell Munsinger and will be dearly missed by his many students and peers worldwide.