Professor Emeritus William John Bruns Jr., the Henry R. Byers Professor of Industry Management, passed on to the great beyond on September 1, 2022, at his house in Plymouth, MA. Bruns used to be extremely identified as a outstanding student and trainer within the box of accounting.
Bruns first visited Harvard Industry Faculty as an affiliate professor in 1969 following appointments at Yale College and the College of Washington. After becoming a member of the HBS college, he used to be named the Henry R. Byers Professor of Industry Management in 1993. A member of the Accounting and Control Unit (identified on the time as Regulate after which as Accounting and Regulate), he used to be the writer of smartly over 100 instances, notes, workout routines, and educating notes, quite a lot of which stay bestsellers lately. He additionally authored Accounting for Managers and a better half teacher’s handbook, reprinted into its 3rd version, amongst different books.
In a message to the HBS neighborhood, Dean Srikant Datar famous, “In the whole lot he did, Invoice introduced equivalent measures empathy and rigor, preserving himself and others to top requirements with kindness and compassion. He used to be cherished by way of his scholars and identified as a beneficiant and worrying colleague.”
Bruns taught the desired Monetary Reporting and Regulate direction within the MBA Program, within the Proprietor/President Control Program, and in a bunch of centered methods, together with Strategic Finance for Smaller Companies. He used to be identified for his skillful case way educating and continuously shared the ones talents with different college thru a large number of educating seminars. He served as unit head for Regulate, direction head, and chair of the Educational Efficiency Committee; moreover, he used to be a few of the pioneering workforce of college engaged within the Faculty’s World Senior Managers Program in Vevey, Switzerland, serving as its director for quite a lot of years within the Nineteen Eighties.
“Invoice used to be the consummate HBS trainer who set the usual for the remainder of us,” stated Robert Simons, Charles M. Williams Professor of Industry Management, Emeritus. “He had an uncanny skill to face within the footwear of scholars as he crafted lesson plans to make complicated subjects each fascinating and comprehensible. No longer unusually, his instances had been favorites amongst college and scholars. Invoice used to be additionally a beneficiant mentor to more youthful college (together with me), serving to us increase our case writing talents and offering comments and recommendations to toughen our lecture room educating.”
Krishna Palepu, the Ross Graham Walker Professor of Industry Management, stated, “Invoice used to be a type mentor and colleague for me once I joined HBS as a junior college member. He used to be an completed student who cared deeply about impacting the sector thru his analysis and educating. He introduced a large number of heat and dedication to the school room. He used to be additionally an excessively inventive case creator—I nonetheless use a few of his instances in educating. I can leave out him very much.”
Following his retirement from HBS in 2001, Bruns joined the Northeastern College college on the D’Amore-McKim Faculty of Industry, educating undergraduates monetary and managerial accounting. Invoice earned his levels in trade management on the College of Redlands and the Harvard Industry Faculty. He attained his PhD from the College of California at Berkeley.
Invoice is survived by way of his first spouse, Barbara Dodge; his 2nd spouse, Sharon (Shay) McKinnon; his kids, Robert, John, David, Michael, and Anastasia Catherine; 5 in their spouses; and 4 grandchildren.