Howard P. Tuckman, Ph.D., former dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration and member of the business faculty, died suddenly in his New Jersey home on Wednesday, Oct. 13.
“Howard’s loss comes as a terrible blow, and our hearts go out to his family and friends,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “He was a very able administrator, beloved teacher and mentor, and warm colleague. The University community, and especially the faculty, students and staff of the schools of business, join Howard’s family in their grief. I know the Fordham family holds his family and loved ones in their thoughts and prayers today.”
Tuckman was dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration (GBA) and dean of the faculty of business, from June 2006 to June 2009. He had just returned from sabbatical as a member of the tenured faculty at the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year, and taught several classes at GBA.
A renowned scholar of economics and the former dean of Rutgers Business School, Tuckman oversaw faculty, staff and students at the undergraduate and graduate business schools on the university’s Newark and New Brunswick campuses.
Tuckman was a prolific scholar: he had written or co-authored seven books and more than one hundred peer-reviewed articles on educational finance, education in developing countries, finance of government and the economies of wealth. He received the B’nai Brith Golden Medallion for his contributions to higher education, and a Brookings Economic Policy Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Graduate Fellowship. He served as a member of the boards of the New Jersey Center for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the Levi Arthritis Hospital, the Small Business Development Center for New Jersey and the World Affairs Council.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m., at Menorah Chapels, 2950 Vauxhall Road, Vauxhall, N.J.