Krannert mourns the passing of former dean John Day

The Krannert School is saddened to report the loss of one of its founding members, John S. Day, who passed away on March 28, 2011, in New Hampshire at the age of 93.

John Day

John S. Day served as dean of the Krannert School from 1969 to 1978. (Krannert archive photo)

Day earned an MBA and PhD from Harvard University and was hired by Emanuel Weiler to help launch Purdue’s BSIM program in 1956. He was promoted to professor in 1959. Day was named associate dean for faculty affairs in 1960 and succeeded Weiler as Krannert dean in 1969.

Several programs and initiatives took root during Day’s tenure as dean, including a two-year master’s program in management, the Business Opportunity Program, the School of Management Council, Executive in the Classroom (now the Krannert Executive Forum), and the Dean’s Advisory Council.

Day served as dean for nearly a decade, leaving the post in 1978 to become Purdue’s vice president for development. He returned to Krannert five years later as Herman C. Krannert Professor of Management. He retired from Purdue in 1986 as vice president emeritus and received an honorary doctorate from the university in 1993.

Day’s son, Stephen, is a current member of the Krannert Dean’s Advisory Council. His granddaughter, Alison, earned a Krannert MBA in 2006. Krannert extends its sympathies to Stephen, Alison and the entire Day family.