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Memorial Service Slated for Finance Assoc. Prof. John Preston

(1-6-00) - A memorial service has been scheduled for Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. in Gasson 100 for Assoc. Prof. John G. Preston (CSOM), a 30-year member of the Finance Department who died suddenly on Dec. 16. Preston, 67, died in Chicago while traveling to Canada for the semester break.

Preston arrived at BC in 1969 after teaching for four years at Boston University and served as acting department chair from 1970-71 and 1973-74. He taught graduate courses in financial policy, managerial finance and accounting, and undergraduate courses in basic finance, financial analysis and corporate financial policy. He also helped establish the Master of Science in Finance program.

In addition to counseling students on career- and job-planning, Preston was faculty advisor for the Finance Academy, which ran seminars for business professionals and students that proved highly successful for recruitment of CSOM graduates.

Preston's teaching experience included a stint in 1968 as the first instructor in Boston University's master of science program in Germany, held in conjunction with the US Army. He also was a lecturer in finance at the University of Western Ontario.

A 1958 graduate of University of British Columbia with a degree in metallurgical engineering, Preston earned his MBA from the University of Western Ontario in 1960 and his doctoral degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration in 1965.

A memorial service for Preston is planned for Jan. 21 in Vancouver, Canada.

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