Jack Behrman, retired professor of international business at the University of North Carolina (UNC), died Aug. 19, 2016, at age 94.
Behrman graduated from Davidson College in 1943, after which he earned a master’s degree from UNC and then a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton in 1952. After teaching at Washington and Lee, George Washington University, and the University of Delaware, he was the assistant secretary of commerce for domestic and international business during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.
In 1964, he returned to academia at the business school at UNC, where he remained for 27 years until retiring. He was also director of the M.B.A. program and associate dean of the faculty. A pioneer in comparative management, foreign licensing of technology, international business and government relations, and the role of multinational corporations, he published widely.
Behrman was an adviser to the departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury and the United Nations, as well as a director of several corporations and nongovernment organizations. Among his honors was an honorary doctorate from Davidson.
He was predeceased by Louise, his wife of more than 70 years. He is survived by two children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Two children predeceased him.
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