Sandver, professor emeritus MHR, dies Sept. 18

Published: 2011-09-23

Marcus Hart Sandver, professor emeritus in the Department of Management and Human Resources, passed away on Sept. 18, 2011 at his home in Columbus Ohio at the age of 62.
Sandver had recently retired in June after 30 years at Fisher.He was the first doctoral program chair and previously served as acting chair in MHR.

"He was an engaged faculty member and university citizen, serving on several University Senate committees including the Faculty Compensation and Benefits Committee and the Athletic Council," said Christine A. Poon, dean of Fisher. "Marc planned to return to Fisher to teach the Collective Bargaining class for the MLHRs this quarter. Marc’s dedication to his research, to students and to Fisher will be greatly missed."

 A native of Bethesda, Maryland, he grew up in Silverton, Oregon and graduated from Silverton High School in 1967 and received a B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University in 1970. He attended the University of Colorado where he received his Masters in Labor Relations in 1973and  his Ph.D in Labor Relations from the University of Wisconsin in 1976.

Sandver was twice selected as a Fulbright Professor to teach internationally, first at the University of Istanbul and later at Marmara University. In 1987, he authored his first book, "Labor Relations: Process and Outcomes." In addition to teaching and research, Marcus was also involved in more than 90 state and regional arbitrations and fact-findings. Marcus was an avid reader and loved traveling and discovering new places. Marcus enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout his lifetime and spent many of his happiest moments outdoors.

Marcus is survived by his mother P. Gennett (Sandver) McCulloch; son, Justin and his spouse, Megan; daughter, Kimberly Hart Reese and her spouse, Michael Reese; his sister, Kristie Perez and her spouse, Greg Perez; and his companion, Diane Berinato. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Pacific Lutheran University, Office of Development and University Relations, Tacoma, WA 98447-0018 or online at