Harvey C Bunke

November 7, 1921November 15, 2013

Harvey C Bunke was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on November 7, 1921. He graduated from Oshkosh Public High School in 1939. In 1941 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After serving several years in the Southwest Pacific, Staff Sergeant Bunke was discharged as a highly decorated veteran, having received four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals during combat actions in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Harvey took advantage of the 1944 GI Bill to further his education and enrolled as a student at the University of Illinois during the spring semester of 1944 where he completed his work for his PhD in 1951. After a year of government service as a US Government economist in Seattle Washington, he returned to the academic world as a professor at the University of Iowa from 1952 to 1964. He then accepted the post of President of Western Washington College in Bellingham Washington, where he served from 1964 to 1967. While at Western Washington he was instrumental in the planning and obtaining the funding for the widely acclaimed and award winning Fairhaven College. In 1967, Harvey joined the faculty of Indiana University. During his tenure at the IU School of Business he served in many capacities including Chair of the Undergraduate Program, Director of the School of Savings and Loan, Associate Dean and longtime Editor of “Business Horizons.” Late in his career he joined the Indiana University Foundation as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Because of his effective teaching and his many publications, he was a popular speaker and served as a Visiting Professor at a number of universities, including Oxford University in England, the National University of Singapore, and the University of California. He married Margaret (Peg) Carlsten in 1947, the year they both graduated with Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois. Peg preceded him in death, leaving his side seven years ago. He is survived by his three children C. Martin (Tina) Bunke, Richard Carlsten (Ellen) Bunke, and A. Christine (Karl) Swenson. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The Bunke family wishes to extend its most sincere thanks to the staff of the comprehensive wing, who for the past three years provided Harv with loving and gentle care far beyond the level expected. Their care has been exemplary.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday November 23, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in Day Funeral Home, 4150 East Third Street, with Bud Vanest officiating. The family will receive friends prior to services on Saturday from 1:00-2:00 P.M. Burial will follow at a later time in Valhalla Memory Gardens. Harv requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Olcott Center in care of IU Health Bloomington Hospital, 601 W 2ND St, Bloomington, IN 47403.

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carol` meyer

September 2, 2014

Professor Bunke was a legend and a force in the graduate school of business! I was fortunate to have him for 2 classes and learned more than just the book knowledge in each. He approached me one day in the fall of my second year and told me that he'd signed me up to interview with IBM since he thought it would be a good fit!! I ended up working for them for 33 years so I guess he was right. Rest in Peace, Professor. Those who were fortunate to know you and learn from you are eternally grateful.
Carol Zenor Meyer
IU MBA 1977

July 15, 2014

I met Harvey when I taught at the IU Grad Business School in Summer 1991. He was really kind to me and we had very interesting conversations, especially about his 1980 article "Liberals, Conservatives, and the Election." I am very sorry to hear about his passing but will always remember his intelligence, wit,and kindness. Reggie Shareef (Roanoke, VA)

November 25, 2013

Hi Karl and family, I'm so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Pat McCarver

Billie Link

November 21, 2013

Dear Chris and Family,
I am sorry to hear of your fathers passing, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May the expressions of support and love of friends, and family in some way provide you with some comfort.

November 21, 2013

Dear Rick, Chris, Marty, and families,
I am so sorry to learn of your father's death. Harvey was a good friend and colleague for many years, and it was my pleasure to work for and with him over his entire time at Indiana University. He will be missed.
Bill Perkins, Professor Emeritus of Information Systems and Decision Sciences, Kelley School of Business

Dan Brock

November 21, 2013

Chris and Karl, So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing , thoughts and prayers are with you, he will be greatly missed I'm sure.

November 20, 2013

Hi Chris,
So sorry to hear your Dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bill Thompson (Bloomington, IN)

Charlie Houghtelin

November 20, 2013

Dear Chris,

So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sharren Ramirez Fields

November 20, 2013

Dear Chris and Family, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Sharren Ramirez Fields

Julie Bennett Dreesen

November 20, 2013

Dear Chris, Rick, Marty and Families,
My heart felt condolences to you, all are in my prayers.
In deepest sympathy, Julie Bennett Dreesen