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Former head of marketing mourned by colleagues
Donald Hempel, professor of marketing from 1964 until his retirement last year, died January 18 at Hartford Hospital, aged 60. Hempel, whose specialty was strategic marketing, planning and technology management, was head of the marketing department from 1974 to 1981. Since 1991, he had served as director of marketing innovations program at the Advanced Technology Center in Precision Manufacturing. He published three books, numerous articles, and led many research projects.
His former colleagues pay tribute to his personality and accomplishments. "All of us in the School of Business Administration are shocked and saddened by Don Hempel's untimely death," says Thomas Gutteridge, dean of the School of Business Administration. "He will be well remembered by students and faculty alike as an exceptional colleague."
Susan Spiggle, head of the marketing department, says "Don was a very valued person in our department. He was a man of integrity and a lifelong learner."
He served on several University committees, including chairing the Growth and Development Committee. Hempel particularly enjoyed teaching undergraduates and was widely recognized for his use of advanced technologies in the classroom and his commitment to mentoring graduate students.
He also served as a consultant to many national corporations and public organizations, including the National Science Foundation. Hempel, born in Brainard, MN, received his bachelor's from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and an MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota's main campus.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and four children. He will be remembered as a lifelong instructor, traveler, builder of stonewalls, planter of trees, and nurturer of family, students and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship fund to be established in the School of Business Administration. Checks may be made payable to The University of Connecticut Foundation Inc. and sent to Jennifer Grey, director of development, School of Business Administration, U-41.