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 Dec. 16 in Chicago while traveling to Canada for the semester break. He was 67.
Preston came to 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 to 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, whose seminars for business professionals and students proved highly successful for recruitment of CSOM graduates.
"Jack was dedicated to Boston College and to the department," said Finance Department Chairman Assoc. Prof. George Aragon (CSOM). "He spent enormous amounts of time with students and alumni, and developed significant funding for research and other departmental activities. Jack did all this on a one-to-one basis, because those were the relationships he valued."
A 1958 graduate of the 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.
A memorial fund in Preston's name is being established to support the Finance Department. For more information, contact College of Advancing Studies Dean James A. Woods, SJ, a long-time friend and colleague of Preston, at ext.2-3900.
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