Professor Emeritus Joel Stinson Remembered for his Vast Knowledge

The Syracuse University community mourns the loss of the Whitman School’s Professor Emeritus Joel Stinson, who passed away in December 2020.

Professor Stinson attended the University of Maine on an athletic scholarship for track and cross-country, earning a degree in mechanical engineering. After graduation, he was selected for the U.S. Navy’s Officer Candidate School. Stinson served in the Navy until 1961, earning the rank of lieutenant junior grade, after which he remained as a reservist for several years. While working at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC., he met his wife, Carol; they married in 1962. Soon after, Stinson began work at NASA in both Cleveland and Cape Canaveral, Florida. At NASA he worked on the Gemini and Saturn programs. Stinson earned a master’s degree in space technology and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. Later, he and his family moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he earned a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of North Carolina.

In 1975, Stinson joined the School of Management, where he was a respected faculty member known for his vast knowledge and great sense of humor. He also served as chair of the Department of Management.

“I knew Joel quite well. He was a senior professor and a great colleague to junior faculty like me, even though we were in different departments,” says Distinguished Professor of Marketing S.P. Raj. “I recall his ever-gentle smile and calm demeanor. He was such a kind and humble person.”

Stinson retired in 1995 after 20 years at the University. He and his wife returned to his home state of Maine, where he continued to enjoy his love of the outdoors and sports activities, including climbing Mt. Katahdin, the highest mountain in the U.S. He also competed in the Senior Games and won many awards for tennis and track at the state, regional and national levels.