Professor Emeritus of Business Eddie Easley died on Jan. 13 in Winston-Salem. He was 82. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, three children and four grandchildren.
His funeral will be held on Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. in Wait Chapel. His family will receive friends in the chapel beginning at 10:30.
Easley joined the faculty of the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy in 1984. He taught classes in marketing, and he created the sports marketing class. He retired in 1999, but continued to teach part-time for several years.
“Ed already had a well established career when he came here and he brought an astute knowledge of academia, and he contributed in so many ways to the school,” said Professor Emeritus of Accountancy Thomas Taylor, who was dean of the school when Easley was hired. “But more important than that was the kind of person he was. He was in every sense a gentleman. He always put his students first and tried to do what was best for his students and the school.”
A native of Lynchburg, Va., Easley graduated from Virginia State University and received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Iowa State University. He taught at Drake University, and was chairman of the marketing department there, before joining the Wake Forest faculty.
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