Anderson, Indiana

Dr. Richard Bebee

Mon, 2013-10-07 16:05 -- univcomm

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Endowment honors former AU professor

Anderson University alumni have expressed much gratitude for former professors over the years. The faculty at AU have challenged perceptions, encouraged new ideas, and changed lives. For Dr. Richard Bebee BA ’65, one of those stand-out professors was Dr. Glenn Falls.

“I was always very excited about Dr. Falls and what he was doing,” remembers Bebee. “The further along in life that I got, the better I understood what he gave me.”

Falls is also an AU alum, graduating in 1948. He continued his education at Indiana University, earning both an MBA and DBA. He taught at AU for 35 years. Falls, along with former colleague, Dr. Harold Linamen, professor emeritus of business and economics, became instrumental in nurturing the Department of Business and Economics at AU, providing the foundation for the current School of Business. Throughout the course of his tenure, Falls served as chair of the Department of Business and Economics, chair of the Social Sciences Division, and associate dean of the university. While dean, Falls oversaw the expansion of business majors while integrating the program into the liberal arts.

Falls not only filled an academic role but also networked with local business and community leaders to develop educational and economic opportunities to encourage graduates to live and work locally. He provided leadership to the Anderson Banking Company, Pay Less Supermarkets, ALAC Services, Inc., and Kleinhenn Co. Falls’ career combination of business and academia had a big impact on Bebee. “The very idea that someone could be a professor and at the same time be involved in real-life business ventures excited me,” Bebee says.

After Bebee graduated from AU, he continued his education at Indiana University, working as a teaching assistant while taking business courses. His first full-time tenure-track teaching assignment was at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He taught during the school year, and then spent his summers practicing business: working with Dubois Chemical to figure out why a new acquisition was not producing income or poring himself into tax work. He even took an entire year to provide assistance in developing the tax reform act of 1976 in Washington, D.C.

Bebee’s career in academia took him to DePaul University, Old Dominion University, Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University, and Ohio University, retiring as a campus dean.

In honor of Dr. Falls’ commitment to Anderson University and her students and in recognition of Falls’ influence on his own life, Bebee began an endowed fund honoring Dr. Falls.

“A year and half ago, I sent a card to Dr. Falls to thank him for what he did in my life,” Bebee explains. “But I wanted to go a step further.” The purpose of the fund is to underwrite student research and study projects at the Falls School of Business.

For Bebee, this is just a starting point in honoring Dr. Falls, as he hopes other alumni impacted by Dr. Falls feel led to give to the fund as well and further benefit current business students.

“What Dr. Falls has done at Anderson University made a difference in the lives of students,” says Bebee.“I know he changed my life.”

— Deborah Lilly, excerpt from 2012 Report of Gifts