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Remembering Robert McGowan

On March 1, Dr. Robert “Bob” McGowan passed away. Dr. McGowan joined the Daniels College of Business Department of Management in 1983. He is survived by his wife Julie Nemetz and children, Rob McGowan and Megan Frenzel.

Dr. McGowan is the former chair of the Department of Management. He previously chaired both the College’s technology management committee and the University’s technology curriculum issues committee, and served as technology coordinator for Daniels. Dr. McGowan taught in the Colorado Women’s College for many years and was actively involved in international programs, teaching business planning, American business culture, and global business planning to officials from Taiwan — both in the United States as well as in Taipei, Taiwan.  In addition, Dr. McGowan was director of the Daniels international business undergraduate major.

Dr. McGowan taught entrepreneurship to officials from Russia, Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and several African delegations, and served as a visiting professor of management at National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan.

“Bob was a strong leader who was always the first to offer his help, jump into a project or mentor a student,” says Department of Management Chair Dennis Wittmer. “He loved teaching, and embodied what it meant to be a good teacher and great friend.”

The University community remembered and celebrated Dr. McGowan at a memorial service at the Joy Burns Center on April 19, 2014. “We have lost a great teacher, mentor and a member of the Daniels community who wanted to make the world a better place,” says Daniels Interim Dean Charles Patti. “Bob served on important faculty committees within the University and traveled the world on behalf of Daniels. “But more than anything, we have lost a dear friend. Bob cared passionately about his students and their success, and we will all miss his commitment to learning.”