SHARE A MEMORY ABOUT RUDY
On 2012-04-21 by Lemma Senbet
Well, Rudy is truly the father of the Smith School
of Business. His achievements have been foundational. He has bold
vision, passion, perseverance, and warmth – they have all paid off
for him impeccably, but more importantly for us all. There is no
need for me to recite the great achievements of this legendary
figure, but there is no doubt that he has moved the School from
“stone age” to world class – across the board! I came to have a deep
appreciation of his vision and passion, since I had to negotiate
with him for over five years to get me move away from Wisconsin. In
fact, all the major successes we have around us have their genesis
in Rudy’s vision, passion, and persistence. I hope Rudy writes a
book to make his strategies for great success to make it a lot more
transparent. But I know that one critical element is Rudy’s
incredible optimism - and always visualizing the positive and never
dwelling on the negative. For him the glass is half full even when
it is three-quarters empty! His legacy should be recognized uniquely
somewhere in VMH – not just in the ordinary roster of deans. He is
Super-Dean. Finally, I am privileged to say that Rudy is a great
friend and mentor. He even showed up at my snowy wedding
On 2012-04-19 by Marty Loeb
Rudy Lamone was the Dean for the first nine years
of my career at the University of Maryland, and I have now had the
pleasure to interact with him for over thirty years. Rudy’s warmth,
charm, persuasiveness, and genuine interest in people, together with
vision and a commitment to excellence, make him a great leader. As
Dean, Rudy created a caring, family atmosphere in the business
school that motivated both the faculty and the staff. Of course as a
Dean, he could not give everybody what they wanted. However, when
you met with Rudy, you always left feeling good, even in the cases
where your requests were denied.
While Rudy was not the Dean when we moved to Van Munching Hall, his
work in getting the building on the State capital budget and the
relationships he built with alumni and donors are largely
responsible for the beautiful facility we now enjoy. I recall the
celebration for faculty and staff at the Rossborough Inn that Rudy
hosted, after the building was finally included in the State budget.
At that celebration, we were all given buttons imprinted with the
architect’s rendition of the new building and the words “The
Maryland Business School.”
Congratulations Rudy, not only for the foundation you built for
Smith School and the Dingman Center, but for inspiring the good will
and deep caring we all feel towards you.
On 2012-04-16 by George Dieter
I can't come to your dinner, but I wanted you to know that I
miss our meetings where we schemed against and cussed out the
five Provosts and the Division structure. You have always been
a good friend and confidant, and a great advocate for entrepreneurship.
It is most fitting that a chair in that area will bear your
On 2012-03-28 by Cindy Stevens
Like many faculty members, I first met Rudy
when I interviewed here; however, my particular job offer came
with a twist: a request that my then artist-husband supply him
with an original cartoon. The finished version depicted Rudy
with about 50 hands, greeting everyone in sight and sporting
a huge smile on his face. How accurate that caricature remains
even today--Rudy is a constant warm, encouraging, and friendly
presence here. Rudy, please know that if I weren't having surgery
that very morning, I'd be heading a line of well-wishers for
your celebration. Thanks for so many years of support and friendship
to me personally and on behalf of the school.
On 2012-03-28 by Rebecca Winner
My very first task after being hired by the
Smith School was to write a school history, so Rudy was one
of the first people I met. He is a treasure trove of stories!
Rudy knows everybody, and he's got an anecdote to share about
everyone. I love his passion for the Smith School and our students.
Rudy is so delighted when a student does well, and he is always
sharing their success stories with me. Rudy is the heart of
our community! What a privilege to be his colleague and friend.
On 2012-03-28 by Haluk Unal
It was February 1988. I was on a campus visit.
Rudy as the Dean was on my schedule. He took me to lunch to
Rosborough Inn. After lunch we lit our cigarettes and enjoyed
the coffee. I said to my self what a cool Dean! Takes a candidate
out to lunch, markets the school, and says what a great school
College of Business and Management (CBM) is to work for. He
has been cool since then, and indeed the school turned out to
be a power house under his leadership and everything he said
came out to be true. I treasure that lunch memory with Rudy
and all the other memories that followed. There are no cigarettes
today, no Rosborough Inn to lunch at and no CBM. But Rudy is
here making everyone around him a better person. Thank you for
hiring me Rudy! And thank you for being my friend and mentor.
How luck I am to have the chance to know you.
On 2012-03-27 by Millicent Locke, Marketing Manager
Rudy Lamone didn't know me from Adam when I
first started working in MarComm - but that didn't keep him
from always saying "hello", always having something friendly
to say or a funny story to share. It was during these brief
encounters that I also started noticing what a sharp dresser
he was - and I have been complimenting him on his haberdashery
ever since. Rudy's a real people person - it's no wonder he's
got so many fans and well-wishers.
On 2012-03-27 by Ken White
Thanks to the Smith School for hosting the
event. It will be fun to celebrate the man who is everybody's
On 2012-03-27 by Alissa Arford, EMBA 2010
If I had to pick someone who has had more impact
on the Smith School than any other person, it would be Rudy
Lamone. He is a legend at the University of Maryland. As dean,
he put UMD's business school on the map in terms of rankings.
In entrepreneurship, he is a global visionary. I am honored
that I can call him a friend. I've known Rudy for more than
a decade and still one of my favorite memories is our Smith
School holiday video from two years ago when we had the community
lip sync "Jingle Bells" - Rudy's part was classic! Check out
our YouTube channel (SmithBusinessSchool) to see that video,
and a few others with Rudy, including his 80th birthday video.
On 2011-05-20 by Bill Shanklin
Rudy used the foundation that Charles Taff
built and took the UM business school to new heights. I met
Rudy in the late 1960s and could see then that he had extraordinary
drive and cared a great deal about his students. I am fortunate
that we crossed paths because he contributed so much to my own
career. Best wishes, Rudy.
Bill Shanklin, a professor emeritus of marketing and entrepreneurship
and a former chairman of the board of a small business development
On 2011-05-04 by Marty Gannon
It's great to see you looking so hale and hearty, as you were
always full of energy, enthusiasm, and a love of Maryland and
life in general. Keep up the good work.
On 2011-04-29 by Carol Graser
I was your graduate assistant in the MBA program in 1981 - 82.
My job was to write and publish the Alumni newsletter, which
was a simple document, a few pages long, that was typed in-house
and distributed -- no fancy printing or color pictures. I was
honored at that time to work for you and with your team. For
me, going back to school to get my MBA was a year of golden
moments, and you were a big part of that. You had an amazing
faculty and staff, and you were the source of the strong energy
and drive to get the UMD MBA program in the top 25. Our surroundings
were meager compared to the amazing facility that houses the
Smith School, but our spirit was high. Thank you for being a
part of those golden moments and a legacy of entrepreneurship
that has inspired so many.
Carol Graser, Adjunct Faculty, RH Smith School of Business
On 2011-04-27 by Janet Wagner
In your business relationships, you have the perfect combination
of professionalism and a personal touch. You treat everyone
with warmth and respect. What a great role model for all of
On 2011-04-21 by Greg Seward
Happy to see your article. I did not know you played the sax
I was Vice president of Delta Sigma Pi. class of 1975. Thanks
for all your
support threw those years.
On 2011-04-19 by Richard Yoffee
Dean Lamone - It was great to get a chance
to watch this video. I was reminded of all of those sessions
in your office during my term in the College Park Student Senate.
We were in the process of establishing the entrance requirements
for the business school. Looking back on it now, it was just
incredible how accessible you were to the students. Thank you
for your guidance and confidence in my formative years.
Sincerely, Rich Yoffee
BS Finance 1979
President, Society for Advancement of Management 78-79
On 2011-04-17 by Lothar "Larry" Fox
Great article, Rudy. Hope you remember me from
so long ago (MBA '69). I was the military guy who was the former
Army musician. Retired in 1977 as a full Colonel; completed
a second career as a Contract Manager/Consultant last year.
Still played drums until about a year ago. Now am a DJ on a
jazz show KSPC 88.7 FM (streams at www.kspc.org). You without
doubt were my very favorite professor and all-around good guy.
Hope you are doing well in your retired life. Please drop me
a line when you can (email@example.com).
On 2011-04-13 by Dominic Crapuchettes
I did not get the pleasure of interacting with
Rudy very much, but the Dingman Center was instrumental in the
early stage growth of our company. I founded North Star Games
in the Dingman Center office space during my first year as a
Dingman Scholar and incubated it with classmate Satish Pillalamarri
for our summer internship. We testing Wits & Wagers at many
of the Dingman functions, helping refine it into the most awarded
party game in history! The Dingman Center was also instrumental
in helping us receive our first round of funding. Thanks Rudy
for founding the Dingman Center and helping me bring my dream
On 2011-04-13 by Asher Epstein
Rudy is the constant champion of all things
entrepreneurship at the Smith School and the University. He
has amazing energy and is always looking to connect with the
new Dingman Center students and see how he can help with their
ventures. Having Rudy champion the cause is an unfair competitive
advantage....just the thing we always have our students find!
Here's to the next 25 years of growth and success for Rudy and
the Dingman Center.
On 2011-04-12 by Joanne Ferchland-Parella
Rudy was one of the first people I met when
I joined the administrative team at the Smith School in 2001.
When he learned I was Italian by marriage, I made a friend for
life. Rudy was so supportive of our efforts to build a strong
alumni relations and fund raising program for the school. Always
a cheerleader for the faculty and administration of Smith and
most of all, of its fantastic students. It's a pleasure and
honor to have Rudy as a friend and mentor. Cheers, Rudy!!
On 2011-04-12 by Raj S. Leyl, MBA, PMP
I believe the class of '96 were one of the
last to get the privilege to be mentored and taught by Rudy.
I fondly remember taking Rudy's entrepreneurship class and learned
a lot. Rudy radiates positive energy, and is a pleasure to be
around. Rudy genuinely cares for people, especially his students.
Thank you Rudy. We need more mentors like you out there.
On 2011-04-11 by Martin Loeb
Rudy Lamone was the Dean for the first nine
years of my career at the University of Maryland, and I have
now had the pleasure to interact with him for almost thirty
years. Rudy's warmth, charm, persuasiveness, and genuine interest
in people, together with vision and a commitment to excellence,
make him a great leader. As Dean, Rudy created a caring, family
atmosphere in the business school that motivated both the faculty
and the staff. Of course as a Dean, he could not give everybody
what they wanted. However, when you met with Rudy, you always
left feeling good, even in the cases where your requests were
While Rudy was not the Dean when we moved to Van Munching Hall,
his work in getting the building on the State capital budget
and the relationships he built with alumni and donors are largely
responsible for the beautiful facility we now enjoy. I recall
the celebration for faculty and staff at the Rossborough Inn
that Rudy hosted, after the building was finally included in
the State budget. At that celebration, we were all given buttons
imprinted with the architect's rendition of the new building
and the words "The Maryland Business School."
Congratulations Rudy, not only for the foundation you built
for Smith School and the Dingman Center, but for inspiring the
good will and deep caring we all feel towards you.
On 2011-04-08 by Burt A. Leete
I was actually here before Rudy ... as a young
instructor. He started off as a great teacher and then energized
the younger faculty into helping to create the Business School.
As the first Dean Rudy faced the task of recruiting a world
class research faculty and later the building in which to house
the business school, now Van Munching Hall. When Rudy became
dean, the Business School did not have the great academic reputation
on campus that it does today. Under his leadership the reputation
rose dramatically. And little known is the fact that under Rudy,
the school reached its first top 25 ranking in Business Week.
Anyone who knows Rudy knows what a "people person" he is. And
this sense of friendliness and collegiality pervaded the school
under Rudy, making it a great place to be a student and faculty
member. That is perhaps his greatest contribution. Thanks Rudy.
On 2011-04-04 by Dr. Lawrence A. Gordon
What stands out most about Rudy is the fact
that he genuinely cares about other people! His concern for
others is apparent in everything he does and says. It is his
nurturing nature, and keen sense of timing, that laid the foundation
for the success of the Smith School of Business.
Although Rudy started off as a Professor of Operations Research/Management
Science, he rewrote the book on "people skills." He also demonstrated
an uncanny ability to lead the way in showing academicians that
Entrepreneurship could, and should, be a field of scientific
To this day, one of the real joys of being a Professor at the
Smith School is the opportunity to see Rudy. Rudy - thanks for
enriching my life!