The GWSB community mourns the passing of former Dean Norma Maine Loeser, who passed away earlier this month at age 94. A GW alumna and faculty member, Dr. Loeser was appointed dean of the GW School of Government and Business Administration in 1978, a post she held for 10 years, before returning to full-time teaching in 1989.
“Dr. Loeser was the first woman in the nation named dean of a major business school. As dean, she was a dynamic leader, increasing the number of faculty, redesigning the MBA program to make it more relevant to student career objectives, establishing an executive-in-residence program, and recruiting more women business students,” Dean Linda Livingstone said.
“Dr. Loeser led a remarkable life, volunteering for the Women’s Army Corps during World War Two, and continuing to serve her country as a 20-year career officer in the United States Air Force,” Dean Livingstone added. “She went on to become an inspiring leader in business and in business education, making her mark in the classroom and in the boardroom.”
“She was my instructor in undergrad, and she was instrumental in supporting my entrance to the MBA program,” Walter Sanderson, MBA ’81, vice president, employee relations, SiriusXM, said. “I remember her as smart, tough, fair and decisive, which, I think, are great qualities for a leader.”
We extend our sincere condolences to her family.