| VOL. 23, NO. 11||DECEMBER 5, 1997 |
Noted GS Alumnus James Bender Dead at 92
BY A. DUNLAP-SMITH
ames F. Bender, a benefactor of Columbia's School of General Studies, died Nov. 23 at his home in Southbury, Conn. He was 92. The cause was complications from Parkinson's disease, said Ted Sattler, his stepson.
A trained psychologist and a prolific author, Bender was on three occasions a dean at Adelphi University, including the founding dean of both Adelphi's Business School and its Center for Banking and Money Management.
Among numerous community service and philanthropic endeavors were the donation of the first two endowed chairs, in music and psychology, at his undergraduate alma mater, Columbia's School of General Studies.
He received the School's Owl Award, its highest alumni prize. Both C.W. Post and Adelphi honored him with endowed chairs in his name.
Bender was born in Dayton, Oh. He received a B.S. from the School of General Studies in 1928 and a Ph.D. in education from Columbia in 1939.
Leaving academia in 1944, Bender founded the National Institute of Human Relations, which he ran for ten years until starting James F. Bender Associates, a business consultancy. At this time he began a 60-year residency in Roslyn, L.I.
He returned to teaching in 1960, becoming a professor of business administration at Adelphi and in 1964 the founding dean of its business school. From 1966 to 1973, Bender taught business at Pace University and at C.W. Post College.
A 1925 marriage ended in the death of his first wife, Anne Parsons. His second marriage, to Gertrude Moller, in 1966, ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife, Vera Evangeline Bender of Southbury; a sister, Mary Jane Perez of San Antonio, Tex.; his stepson, of Chappaqua, N.Y., and two grandchildren.