In Memoriam: Peter Lynagh, Professor
Last fall, the University lost a treasure when Peter Lynagh—Pete, Dr. L.—passed away. Our students lost a mentor and a friend, our professors lost a valued and respected colleague and UB lost a point of pride.
The best measure of Pete’s impact was the response from his students and colleagues. His students remembered his classes and how he made marketing interesting. They valued how he helped their careers by inviting business leaders to campus to share their expertise and to help prepare them for the real world.
Ultimately, his students valued his friendship and sincere concern for them. Pete was a perennial faculty marshal at graduation. He delighted in calling all business students to rise and walk to accept their diplomas. For him, it was a joy.
His colleagues in the business school gave Pete the highest marks for civility, scholarship and collegiality, in part because he was renowned for his inclination to volunteer to help others.
On the day of Pete’s funeral, Ven Sriram, his close friend and fellow professor, delivered a remembrance that abated some of the sorrow. He recounted stories about Pete’s love of golf—despite his terrible golfing skills. Still, Ven and his golfing partners enjoyed Pete’s company and looked forward to the next game. Professor Mike Laric also shared many of Pete’s academic achievements and spoke of Pete’s love of family.
There was only one Pete Lynagh. He’ll be missed.
—Dennis Pitta, professor and chair, Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Merrick School of Business