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Obituary - Robert J. Litschert, 59

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 09 - October 20, 1994

Robert J. Litschert, 59, of Blacksburg, died Monday, Oct. 17.

Litschert was a professor of management at the Pamplin College of Business. He received an MBA from Indiana Unversity, and a DBA in policy and administration from the University of Colorado. Since 1965, he had been a faculty member at Virginia Tech, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic management, organization theory, and business ethics. He chaired the doctoral dissertation committees of 14 students and received the Pamplin College's Ph.D. Teaching Award in 1987. His research included comparative studies of the structure of strategic planning groups and examination of the nature and evolution of the strategy process.

Litschert served the Department of Management in a variety of administrative and advising appointments, including nine years as department head. He had directed its graduate programs since 1989. He also served on many department, college, and university committees. He published numerous articles in scholarly journals and authored textbooks and chapters for textbooks. He was a pioneer in the field of business ethics and created one of the first courses in this area of study in the department. Litschert remained active in both instructional innovation and scholarly research throughout his career. He was granted visiting scholarships at Cambridge University and the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and was a member of several professional and honors societies, including the Academy of Management.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the War Memorial Chapel. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, gifts to the Robert J. Litschert Scholarship Fund, c/o University Development.