Association for Consumer Research

In Memoriam 2023

John O’Shaughnessywas a British academic and business writer.  O’Shaughnessy was emeritus professor of business, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York and formerly senior associate of the Judge Institute of Management Studies at Cambridge University.

Josh Beck was the Marketing Science Institute’s Young Scholar for 2021 in addition to multiple awards for his research, which has been published in the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, and Journal of Consumer Psychology, among others. Josh was also recognized for his work as a reviewer and for his teaching during his career. He was a wonderful friend and vibrant member of our field and community.

Michael Houston, Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management passed away on April 10, 2023, after a long battle with cancer. A giant in our field, Michael was editor of the Journal of Marketing Research, chaired the annual ACR conference, co-chaired the AMA Doctoral Consortium, and was a distinguished scholar whose publications spanned issues in information processing, branding, culture,  involvement, and survey response rates, in the finest journals in our field. In addition, he served as Department Chair, Associate Dean and Co-Dean at Carlson. He was a mentor to a legion of doctoral students and junior colleagues and will be sorely missed for his intellect, his wisdom and his thousand watt smile.

Howard Kunreuther passed away on August 1, 2023.  He was a world-famous behavioral economist who pioneered much of what we know about how consumers make decisions to protect against low-probability, high-consequence events such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and health hazards.   His main insight was that we often make such decisions poorly, and devoted his life to exploring ways to make us safer.   For example, in recent years he was a leading figure within the IPCC in developing policies that would motivate people to take steps to limit the scale and effects of climate change.