In Memory of David Hunger (1941-2014)

David Hunger, professor emeritus of management, passed away on April 10, 2014. Hunger spent 23 years in the College of Business before retiring in 2006.


Each year, the ISU Retirees Association sponsors an ISU Memorial Day Ceremony to remember the lives of retired and current faculty, staff, and their spouses who have died. At this year’s ceremony, Brad Shrader, Eucher Faculty Fellow in the College of Business, wrote and delivered the following tribute in honor of Dr. Hunger.


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David Hunger, professor emeritus of management, 1941-2014

Dr. John David Hunger was the first person I met at Iowa State University. He was department chair of management in 1984 and hired me in June of that year.


He died April 10, 2014, at the age of 72 at Country Manor under the care of Saint Cloud Hospital Hospice in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. His early death was the result of stomach cancer. His cremated remains are interred at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.


David was born May 17, 1941, in New Kensington, Penn., to Jack and Betty (Carey) Hunger. He married Betty Johnson on August 2, 1969, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, in 1963, went on to serve as a Captain in U.S. Army Intelligence during the Vietnam War. After the war, he continued his education receiving a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.


Dr. Hunger taught at Baldwin Wallace College, University of Virginia, George Mason University, and, most importantly, at Iowa State University – where he was Professor Emeritus and where he taught for 23 years.


Most recently, he was the Strategic Management Scholar in Residence at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Along with co-author Thomas L. Wheelen, he authored a variety of widely-acclaimed and widely-used strategic management text books. He was a member of the Academy of Management, the North American Case Research Association, the Society for Case Research, the North American Management Society, the Textbook and Academic Authors Association, and the Strategic Management Society. He is past president of the North American Case Research Association, the Society for Case Research and the Iowa State University Press Board of Directors. He also served as a vice president of the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He was recognized in 1999 by the Iowa State University College of Business with its Innovation in Teaching award and was elected a Fellow of the Teaching and Academic Authors Association and of the North American Case Research Association.


David was an active member of Resurrection Church, serving as webmaster. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and boating with friends. He had a lifelong love of trains and was an active member of a local railroading club. He is survived by his wife, Betty Hunger, of St. Joseph, and his four daughters: Kari, Suzi, Lori, and Merry as well as five grandchildren: Maddie and Meggie McMullen, Summer and Kacey Schandoney, and Edan David Gregory Kelley.


Dr. Hunger was instrumental in helping build the ISU College of Business. He enhanced the college’s reputation with his very visible textbook, Strategic Management and Business Policy, co-authored with Thomas Wheelen, which is now in its fourteenth edition. This text was voted the top quality text one year by the Academy of Management and was known for its “strategic audit.” The audit was the creation of Dr. Hunger and it allowed instructors a template or rubric for case analysis and case teaching.


David was the first chair of the department of management in 1984 under our first dean, Charles B. Handy. He helped develop what is now the university-wide entrepreneurship curriculum. He also led the college’s efforts in case writing with the Czech and Slovak republics. The groundwork for this project took place in 1993 immediately after these two countries’ velvet divorce, and their leaving Soviet control while moving toward privatization. It included three Czech Universities in Prague, Brno, and České Budĕjovice – and one in Slovakia, the School of Economics in Bratislava. One very impactful result of this effort was that Dr. Hunger became a founding member of the Czech Association of Case Research and Application.


The first case I wrote as a new faculty member was with David Hunger. It dealt with Walt Disney Productions and the governance issues that company faced in 1984. The case was published in Dr. Hunger’s textbook as well as in the Case Research Journal in 1985, and in numerous other textbooks. It earned that journal’s “classic case” distinction and was reprinted in the journal in 2003. The success of this case was clearly due to Dr. Hunger’s mentorship.


Dr. Hunger, David, was my boss, mentor, colleague and co-author, and friend. We in the College of Business miss him very much.


Sources for the dates and family information above are from the Ames Tribune obituary and the Hunger Family.

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