We have lost one of our own. On Friday, April 6 Dr. George Slusarz, assistant professor, in the business department at the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology passed.
You may have known George as a member of our faculty. Colleagues may have known him as a member of Webster’s Faculty Salary and Fringe committee. Our students knew George as a down-to-earth, always available instructor who taught them in class, served as their UG Accounting Program Director, their advisor in the Accounting Club and as their one-time internship director.
We knew George as a great friend who dedicated to his work and Webster.
“My strongest remembrances of George are his booming voice, his always friendly banter when he saw a colleague and his office always occupied with a student or two from one of his accounting classes,” said Dr. Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School of Business.
“George loved teaching, and had a passion and flair for it that connected him with students,” said Dr. Doug O’Bannon, chair for the Walker School’s business department. “He was my ‘go to’ faculty when I needed someone to meet with prospective students and parents, and always there when I needed him.”
George joined our faculty in 2008 but today it is hard to remember a time we didn’t hear his infectious laugh and that booming baritone wafting down our halls. He had a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Memphis, an M.S. in Accounting (concentration taxation) from the University of Memphis and even a J.D. in Law from the University of Oklahoma. But, accounting was his passion which he shared with others outside our classrooms by writing Accounting – 101 Questions from Chinese to English, (study guide for YEU practical English Test Band-6). While teaching in China he also produced the Yang-En University Special Lecture Series (Business China vs. America) and is noted in Osborne M. Reynolds, Jr.’s book Nepotism in Oklahoma Government (Hornbook Series). At the time of his death, George was working with fellow Webster faculty member Dr. Debbie Psihountas on the issue of income tax effects of gay marriages.
“George gave every ounce of himself to everyone from his family, to his students, to his colleagues,” said Dr. Psihountas. “This is a huge loss for all of us but especially for George’s students. He was such a fabulous teacher who cared about each and every one of them.”
George’s limitless caring stretched beyond the classroom. Over the years he sponsored Chinese students so they could attend school and helped ring in the holidays for the less fortunate by playing Santa Clause at St. Peter and Paul.
Every death, especially those unexpected like George’s, leaves an empty space in our hearts. Here at the Walker School ours will only be filled over time because we know George lived his life to the fullest. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow,” Mahatma Gandhi said. “Learn as if you were to live forever.”
George, in your memory we will.