MEMOR I AM
JAMES ANDERSON FITZGERALD
James Anderson Fitzgerald, dean emeritus of the College
of Business Administration, died January 11, 1963, in Austin.
Professor Fitzgerald was born on April 1, 1883, in Wolf
Creek, West Virginia. He received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown
College in Kentucky in 1901. He earned his master's and PhD degrees
from the University of Chicago in 1907 and 1925, respectively.
Dr. Fitzgerald began his teaching career at Marshall
College and later taught at Toledo University, Ohio State University,
and the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of The
University of Texas at Austin in 1918 and was named dean of the business
school in 1926. Under his direction, the Bureau of Business Research
was established in 1926. He set up the PhD program in business in 1930,
and the master's in professional accounting in 1948. When the business
school changed into a college in 1945, Dr. Fitzgerald organized five
departments. He left office in 1950. In 1953-54 he was a consultant
to the U.S. Mutual Security Agency in Thailand. Later, Professor Fitzgerald
served as consulting business dean at UT Austin until his retirement
A leading authority in banking and insurance, Professor
Fitzgerald was recognized as one of the top 22 economists in the United
States by the New York Sun in 1940. In 1959, the College of Business
Administration initiated the J. Anderson Fitzgerald lecture series and
in 1986 inducted him posthumously into the College of Business Administration
Hall of Fame.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo
Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November
17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the
Barker Texas History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.