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Stephen Straub, WIU Professor Emeritus, Passes Away

January 21, 2009

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MACOMB, IL -- Stephen A. Straub, professor emeritus in Western Illinois University's information systems and decision sciences (ISDS) department, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20 at his home in Macomb.

Straub joined the faculty in WIU's College of Business and Technology (CBT) in 1981 and retired as a full professor in May 2008. His teaching interests included descriptive and inferential statistics, systems analysis and design, decision support and cyber crime. Although retired, Straub taught one course in the ISDS department in Fall 2008 and was contracted to teach one ISDS course in Spring 2009.

He was recognized for outstanding teaching in the CBT in 1997.

In addition to his nearly 30 years at WIU, Straub worked as a consultant and administrator at a computing laboratory that served 17 departments in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of South Carolina. He also reviewed several monographs on the topic of information systems; authored and presented academic papers on information systems and computerization; and attended the Management Information Systems Faculty Development Institute at the University of Minnesota in the summer of 1985.

Straub received his bachelor's degree in psychology from St. John's University (1969), his master's degree in experimental psychology from Hollins College (1973) and his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of South Carolina (1980).

He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVonne Straub.

"Steve was a fantastic colleague and was the instrumental architect in the curriculum design of the department's management information systems concentration [now information systems]," noted Tej Kaul, ISDS department chair. "He will be dearly missed."

Funeral services are pending, and information about services will be available on Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home's website at when that information becomes available to the funeral home. Contact Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb at (309) 833-4119.

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