William Sturtevant Sargent II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
William Sturtevant ('Bill') Sargent II, a professor at the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business (Houston, TX) for more than 20 years, died on Friday, June 10, 2011 after suffering a traumatic head injury from a fall at his home in The Woodlands, Texas.
Bill was born in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on May 22, 1942 to William Sturtevant ('Bill Sr.') Sargent and Nancy Chase Fuller. He is preceded in death by his father, Bill Sr., his mother, Nancy, and his sister, Ann Merrill Sargent Gibson.
Bill Sr. Worked for many year for a large company, and the family was transferred several times prior to moving to Houston, TX in mid-1950s. Bill graduated from Lamar Senior High School in Houston.
Bill went on to Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1964. He subsequently received a Masters in Business Administration at Miami University in Ohio and a Doctorate at Ohio State University. He moved back to Texas in 1975 and lived in The Woodlands (Village of Grogan's Mill) until he died.
Prior to joining the Cameron School of Business faculty in 1987 as an associate professor, Bill taught at Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of Houston, Ohio State University and Miami University. Bill retired in 2008.
Bill is survived by two sons, William Sturtevant ('Will') Sargent III and Mark Dixon Sargent, and his brother, Deane Fuller Sargent. Additional family include Will's wife, Kymm Johnson Sargent, Deane's wife, Cora Janet Sargent, brother-in-law, Albert Sheridan Gibson, nephews James Andrew Sargent (wife Tiffany), Clint S Gibson (wife Shauna), Lucas William Gibson (Wife Tiffany), and nieces Elizabeth Ann Sargent and Laura Ann Givson Podach (Husband Josh). Bill married Carol Jean Eging in 1967. They were divorced in 1982.
Bill touched the lives of many students as he taught introductory courses in marketing, sales management, and statistics, as well as retail management, market research marketing strategies and consumer economics. He also served as Faculty Senate Secretary and on many campus committees. He co-founded with Dr. Anne Davis the Students in Free Enterpirse team.
Bill was an active member of the Grogan's Mill Village Association, serving as an elected member of the Village Association Board, in addition to being a committee member and event volunteer. Bill was elected the first President of the Grogan's Mill Village Association shortly after moving to The Woodlands in 1975.
A memorial service for Bill will be held at The Chapel of St. Basil, University of St. Thomas, on West Alabama, Houston, Texas at 4 PM on Friday, August 26, 2011. A reception following the service will be held at the Ahern Room located in the Crooker Center on campus.
The family will commemorate Bill's service to the university with an engraved plaque. In lieu of flowers, gifts will support student scholarships. Checks should be made out to University of St. Thomas (Memo: Bill Sargent Scholarship Funds) and mailed to the Office of Institutional Advancement, 3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006.