In Memoriam: Erivan K. Haub

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Saint Joseph’s University mourns the loss of its great supporter and friend, Erivan K. Haub, for whom the Haub School of Business (HSB) was named. He passed away on Tuesday, March 6, in Pinedale, Wyoming.

Born in 1932 in Wiesbaden, Germany, the former managing director and part owner of the retail giant, Tengelmann Group, Haub is known as one of the most successful German business entrepreneurs. He is survived by his wife Helga and three sons, including Christian, a former SJU Trustee and current Trustee Associate. 

“There is no doubt that the international business world lost an extraordinarily successful and influential entrepreneur with the passing of Erivan Haub,” says University President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D. “More importantly, Saint Joseph’s lost a partner who will forever be remembered for his generosity and friendship.”

The Haub family has supported business education at SJU for over three decades. Last year, the University marked the 20th anniversary of the naming of the Erivan K. Haub School of Business, which occurred in 1997. The family’s generosity also led to the naming of the Erivan K. Haub Executive Center in McShain Hall, and SJU’s Tengelmann Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research. The partnership of the Haub family has assisted HSB in its transformation to a nationally recognized business school. 

“The naming of the business school was a pivotal moment in our history,” says HSB Dean Joseph DiAngelo Jr., Ed.D. '70. "We are forever grateful to Erivan for his dedication to Saint Joseph's and his confidence in our approach. This relationship helped us to grow our programs, compete at the highest levels and offer an unparalleled business education to our students."

SJU honored the Haub family in 2010 with the Haub Hall of Fame Award to recognize its dedication to Saint Joseph’s and its advancement of global communication, international trade, education, historic preservation and environmental protection. In 1992, both Erivan and Helga received honorary degrees from Saint Joseph’s. 

Under Haub's leadership, Tengelmann Group became one of the largest privately owned retail companies in the world. Passionate about the environment, he embraced sustainable business practices long before they became conventional, receiving numerous awards for his leadership.

Strengthening relations between Germany and America was also important to Haub. To achieve this, he created many partnerships in the United States in addition to his relationship with HSB. For his efforts in this area, he was awarded the Dr. Leo M. Goodman Award by the American Chamber of Commerce in 1996. 

In 2004, the Federal Republic of Germany awarded Haub the Federal Cross of Merit, Germany’s highest civil award for his lifetime achievements and contributions in business, culture, society and the environment. 

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