Peter Trevor FITZROY (1936 - 2016)
Professor of Administration (1976 - 1999)
Emeritus Professor Peter FitzRoy died on 16 November 2016, aged 80. He joined Monash in 1976 as Professor of Administration in the faculty of Economics and Politics (now Business and Economics).
He chaired the Department of Administrative Studies, later renamed Business Management, until 1996 when he was seconded to the David Syme School of Business at Caulfield campus, as head of Marketing, and then head of School.
When Professor FitzRoy retired at the end of 2001, the University Council conferred on him the title of Emeritus Professor.
Born in Alexandra, Victoria in 1936, Peter Trevor FitzRoy graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Melbourne in 1958.
In 1961, he received a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University in Indiana, in the US. In 1966, he was awarded a PhD from the same university, for a thesis on “adaptive decision making”
He continued to research and publish in the fields of quantitative approaches to marketing, decision-making and strategic marketing.
After several years of teaching at universities in Canada and the US, in 1970 Professor FitzRoy accepted a senior research fellowship in the Manchester Business School in England, where he remained until he joined Monash in 1976.
For many years after his official retirement Professor FitzRoy continued to teach as a special sessional lecturer in the Graduate School of Business. His vast experience, expert knowledge and international reputation were respected and highly valued by students and colleagues alike.
Professor FitzRoy made an exemplary and effective contribution to teaching, research, and intellectual debate at Monash over several decades of dedicated service. The University community acknowledges with gratitude his life and work, and extends its deepest sympathy to Mrs Margaret FitzRoy and their family.
Published in The Insider, 24 November 2016.