(Obituary): James Culliton; led Notre Dame business school

by Gary Wisby, Staff Reporter

James W. Culliton was dean of the business school at the University of Notre Dame and a trade official under two U.S. presidents.p. He also taught at Boston College and Harvard University.p. Mr. Culliton, 92, died Friday at the Moorings of Arlington Heights, the retirement community where he had lived for seven years. In all, he lived in Arlington Heights for 17 years.p. Born and reared in Buffalo, N.Y., he attended Canisius College there. He earned a master’s and a doctorate from Harvard Business School in the 1930s.p. Mr. Culliton married his wife, Jane, also from Buffalo, in 1937.p. After teaching at Boston College and Harvard for several years, he left in 1951 for Notre Dame, where he became dean of the business school and stayed until 1962. Three of his four sons graduated from Notre Dame.p. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy appointed Mr. Culliton to the U.S. Tariff Commission, where he served under Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson until 1968.p. He helped found a business school in the Philippines before his retirement in 1977.p. “He had a very clever wit and could always find the humor in things,” said his son Stephen, a DuPage County judge.p. “He was incredibly smart and was always able to talk to anybody without making them feel awkward. One of the reasons he was such a good teacher was that he wouldn’t lecture at you, but would talk with you to see what you thought.”p. Other survivors include his sons Edward, William and Richard, and 13 grandchildren.p. A memorial service took place Saturday in Mount Prospect.

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