In Memoriam - Remembering Bob Crandall

A professor and Commerce grad, he always took time for students.

Established in 2009, the Smith Faculty Hall of Fame recognizes professors for their significant contributions to the business school. In 2016, R.H. (Bob) Crandall, BCom’51, was inducted for his 29 years of service. Bob died April 4 in Kingston, surrounded by family. He was 89.  

After working as a chartered accountant in Toronto, Bob returned to the university in the 1950s, serving as Queen’s Bursar. A chance opportunity to teach led him to complete his MBA and PhD at UC Berkeley; he then returned to Queen’s, where he taught business students from 1961 to 1990. He became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1976.

Bob Crandall’s impact on students could be profound and long-lasting. Jeff Mitz, BCom’74, still recalls starting in his second-year accounting course in the fall of 1971. “Bob really brought a lot of passion to the subject.”

As a teacher, Bob also cared about his students, something Jeff discovered as he progressed through the Commerce program. Bob became a mentor to Jeff and, eventually, a friend.

In 2003, Jeff (who pursued a career as a teacher in Toronto) decided to honour Bob by establishing the Dr. Robert Crandall Prize. It’s now awarded annually to a Commerce student entering third year “who has supported others through teamwork, motivation and example” and demonstrated leadership in the school and community.

The prize always came with an extra bonus – lunch with Bob and his wife, Fran (shown here with Bob in photo, at Goodes Hall in 2016). That was something Bob Crandall especially relished. Says Jeff: “Bob took great pride at that lunch in learning all about the students. He was someone who was deeply interested in people.”

For more information on the Dr. Robert Crandall Prize or to give, click here.