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UST Hosts Bill Sargent Memorial August 26

Dr. William Sturtevant (‘Bill’) Sargent II, a professor at the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business for more than 20 years, died on Friday, June 20, 2011 after suffering a traumatic head injury from a fall at his home in The Woodlands, Texas.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, August 26, at the Chapel of St. Basil, 3802 Yoakum. A reception following the service will be held at the Ahern Room located in the Crooker Center , 3909 Graustark.

Sargent was born in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on May 22, 1942, to William Sturtevant (‘Bill Sr.’) Sargent and Nancy Chase Fuller. He is preceded in death by his father, Bill Sr., his mother, Nancy, and his sister, Ann Merrill Sargent Gibson. His family moved to Houston in the 1950’s and he graduated from Lamar High School.

Sargent went on to Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1964. He subsequently received a Master in Business Administration at Miami University in Ohio and a doctorate at Ohio State University. He moved back to Texas in 1975, and lived in The Woodlands until he died.
Prior to joining the Cameron School of Business faculty in 1987 as an associate professor, Sargent taught at Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of Houston, Ohio State University and Miami University. He retired in 2008.

He is survived by two sons, William Sturtevant (‘Will’) Sargent III and Mark Dixon Sargent, and his brother, Deane Fuller Sargent. Additional family include Will’s wife, Kymm Johnson Sargent, Deane’s wife, Cora Janet Sargent, brother-in-law, Albert Sheridan Gibson, nephews James Andrew Sargent (wife Tiffany), Clint S Gibson (wife Shauna), Lucas William Gibson (wife Tiffany), and nieces Elizabeth Ann Sargent and Laura Ann Gibson Podach (husband Josh). Sargent married Carol Jean Eging in 1967. They were divorced in 1982.

Sargent touched the lives of many students as he taught introductory courses in marketing, sales management, and statistics, as well as retail management, market research marketing strategies and consumer economics. He also served as Faculty Senate Secretary and on many campus committees. He co-founded with Dr. Anne David the Students in Free Enterprise team.

His dry wit has enlivened many classrooms and meetings on campus. Dr. Anne Davis worked with Sargent in the Marketing Department for 15 years.

“Everyone will smile when they think of Bill and his irreverent sense of humor, but he will always be admired for his many years of service as secretary to the faculty senate, mentor to the SIFE team, and advisor to his marketing students,” Davis said.

He was an active member of the Grogan’s Mill Village Association, serving as an elected member of the Village Association Board, in addition to being a committee member and event volunteer. Bill was elected the first President of the Grogan’s Mill Village Association shortly after moving to The Woodlands in 1975.

Family will commemorate Sargent’s service to the university with an engraved plaque. In lieu of flowers, gifts will support student scholarships. Checks should be made out to University of St. Thomas (Memo: Bill Sargent Scholarship Funds) and mailed to the Office of Institutional Advancement, 3800 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX 77006.

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