Andy Thacker, professor emeritus in the international business and marketing department, died March 31 in his home in Seabrook, Texas. He was 73.
Thacker joined Cal Poly Pomona in 1985, following a successful career with Shell Oil in Houston and teaching at the University of Houston. At Cal Poly Pomona, he was named Pi Sigma Epsilon National Advisor of the Year. In addition, he was honored by presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
During his tenure, Thacker helped build the IBM professional sales program into one of the strongest in the nation. As an advisor, he helped garner more than 60 awards on behalf of students from the American Marketing Association, Golden Key, Pi Sigma Epsilon and the General Motors Marketing Institute. Thacker retired in 2004.
In 2010, the department honored him as the first Legend of IBM and established a scholarship fund in his name to assist qualified IBM students who also are leaders in one of the department’s student professional organizations.
Thacker attended the Virginia Military Institute and received his doctoral degree from the University of Houston.
A viewing will be held on April 13 at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster, Texas. The service will be held on April 14 at 10 a.m. at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Houston, with a burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to any military veteran organization or his scholarship fund in the College of Business Administration.