Jack Donald Steele
Jack Donald Steele
  • December 7, 1923 - January 13, 2018
  • Arizona

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Dr. Jack D. Steele, a life-long educator and business consultant, died on January 13, 2018, at his home in Tucson, Arizona, at the age of 94. He is survived by his wife, Marion; children Donald and Sherie; step-sons, Curtis and Douglas; grandson Sean; and step-grandchildren Garrett, Zachary, Ruby and Delia.

Born in Sedalia, Missouri, Dr. Steele received a BS degree from Missouri Valley College in 1948, an MBA from the University of Kansas in 1951, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1956. Dr. Steele served in the United States Army during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Dr. Steele started his academic career at Texas A&M business school as an Assistant Professor, and went on to become a tenured Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the University of Kansas. He was a Professor and the Dean of the Texas Tech University School of Business, where he established an organization that was to become the SBA; General Manager of the Xerox Educational Group in New York; and Professor and Dean of the Marshall School of Business Administration at the University of Southern California, where he was instrumental in the development of its IBEAR program for Pacific Rim companies.

Throughout his career, Dr. Steele served on many private and publicly held Boards of Directors, and acted as a consultant to a number of Fortune 500 companies. After leaving academia in 1987, he continued to pursue his interest in corporate governance by taking a position as the Chairman of Board Services for Korn/Ferry International. He also aided in the development of numerous smaller private and entrepreneurial companies by serving on their Board or acting as a consultant. He authored numerous books and articles on business and corporate responsibility

He had been a member of the Los Angeles Economic Council, the Board of Directors of the Red Cross, the Japan-America Society; the Children's Council of Los Angeles, and the Lubbock Disaster Relief Task Force, among others. He was honorary consul to Costa Rica, and helped to create programs in Australia, Singapore, Switzerland, Peru and Costa Rica for business executive development.

There will be no funeral service; gifts of condolence may be made to Casa de la Luz Hospice in Tucson, Arizona, or to your favorite charity.