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Howard Tuckman

Dr. Howard Tuckman, 68, of Westfield died Oct. 14, 2010. He was born in New York City.

Dr. Tuckman served as a former dean of Fordham University’s Graduate Business School, where he was a professor of finance and economics and holder of the George Jean Chair. He increased enrollment to rank the school among the nation’s top business schools.

Prior to joining Fordham, he was dean of the Rutgers Business School for seven years and dean of the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University for five years. Under his leadership, Rutgers Business School rose dramatically in the national rankings, expanded its programs in China, undertook a record-setting capital campaign, and accelerated its use of new technology for research and instruction. This investment included the construction of the “Global Financial Market Center,” a classroom that recreates the financial research and stock trading environment found at the nation’s leading brokerage houses. In collaboration with industry representatives, he also oversaw the creation of the Rutgers MBA in Pharmaceutical Management, the first of its kind in the country.

He served on the Trump Financial Advisory Board of Directors. He also managed his own consulting business working as an adviser in the judicial system and to domestic and international universities, and third-world governments. At the time of his death he was collaborating on a project with the World Bank concerning developing nations.

Among his awards and honors, he was inducted into the New Jersey High Tech Hall of Fame as an Outstanding Educator and was the recipient of the globally acknowledged B’nai B’rith International Golden Medallion Award for leadership. During his tenure as Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Memphis, he earned the distinction of receiving the University Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the University Distinguished Research Award.

He served the Kennedy administration in the Think Tank Program working to develop the Medicare and Medicare health-care systems.

Dr. Tuckman held a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his longtime companion, Carol Babb of Westfield; two sons, Alec of Los Angeles and Andrew of Westfield; and his brother, Jerry of Brookline, Mass.

Services were held Oct. 17 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union. Memorial contributions may be made to Rutgers Business School-Louis A. Tuckman Scholarship, att: Maureen McGuire.

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