Beloved DSU teacher dies
by Courtney Warren
Mar 08, 2014 | 3566 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Delta State University flags flew at half-staff last week after a beloved professor passed away Tuesday.

Dr. Lawrence Lee Magee taught at Delta State for 13 years in the Division of Management, Marketing, and Business Administration.

He has served on many Delta State University committees including the Faculty Senate, Outcomes Assessment Committee, Faculty Research Committee, Library Committee, and Attendance and Grievance Committee.

DSU College of Business Dean Billy Moore said, "It was a pleasure to work with Dr. Magee the past 13 years. He loved the acquisition and sharing of knowledge. He had a passion for engaging in intellectual discussions with students and colleagues.

In our College of Business Forum on Business Research meetings, he could be counted on to challenge the presenter with different quantitative and philosophical questions.

Dr. Magee’s commitment to Delta State, the College of Business, and our students is very accurately described in the phase, 'Teaching was his life.' He would often comment, 'I will have to be retired, because I will never quit.' We will greatly miss him."

Magee was a veteran of the United States Army, and served in the 66th Military Intelligence Group in Munich, Germany. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Louisiana State University in 1971. He received two Master of Science degrees, one in Quantitative Methods from Louisiana State University in 1977 and the second, in Finance from University of Wisconsin in 1985. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration from Louisiana State University in 1998.

Magee’s 38 years of teaching began at Louisiana State University in 1975 and continued as he taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Technical College, and Southwest Texas State, before coming to Delta State in 2000. He was a member of the American Society for Quality, National and Local Section 1504, the Decision Science Institute, and the Society of Business, Industry, and Economics.

He wrote poetry and was published in “The Best of Poetry Night” for four consecutive years, in the Sapphire Sky Press.

Administrative Secretary to the Dean of the College of Business, Cathy Conico said, “Larry loved his students. Teaching was his life and he seemed to be always at home when he was in the classroom. He loved all forms of intellectual debate, was an avid reader, and a deep thinker. He loved to write poetry and before his illness he would recite poetry at various places down town. When I think of Larry, I will remember his smile and his maroon backpack thrown across his shoulder as he walked down the hall. He will be missed by family, friends, students, and colleague’s."

A Memorial Service will be held Monday at 1 pm. in the Baioni Conference Center for his family, friends, students, and colleagues. A reception will follow in the Broom-Keener Foyer.