The Maryville University community will hold a Celebration of Mark’s Life at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Huttig Chapel to remember Mark Roman. The associate professor in the John E. Simon School of Business taught at Maryville for 13 years. He was known for his deep commitment to educating accounting students.
Roman, 51, of St. Charles died on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, of heart disease. A visitation and memorial service were held on Saturday, July 14, at the Baue Funeral Home.
School of Business faculty and students invite all those who wish to attend to take part in the service and a tree dedication. Dean Pam Horwitz said of Roman, “He was outstanding. The students loved him. He was a classic accountant in how he processed, and he moved through things in a very organized manner. He was very interested in teaching and student outcomes and got involved with the Dr. Mary Ellen Finch Center for Teaching and Learning very early on.” The Center provides support for excellence in teaching and assessment of learning, areas that were particularly important to Roman and that informed his own teaching. He served the University in several capacities, taking part in professional development opportunities and serving as faculty adviser for the Maryville Accounting Career Fair.
Roman’s interests were varied. He and his wife, Sandy, adopted two rescue dogs with special needs. He also loved classic cars. He often drove a 1974 Plymouth Road Runner, which he had done restoration work on, and had also been working on a 1956 Chevrolet truck.
Roman, who was born in Iowa, started at Maryville in 1999 as an assistant professor and became an associate professor in 2002. Before working at Maryville, he was an associate professor in the department of business and administration at Fontbonne College for seven years, and prior to that he worked as an instructor at Blackburn College in Illinois, at Indiana/Purdue University and at Manchester College in Indiana.
Roman, the son of Anthony George Roman and the late Beverly Roman, is survived by his wife Sandra Sue Roman, his brother and sister-in-law Tim and Jessica Roman and his half-sister Patti Eckman.
Sandy Roman and members of the Maryville community are working to establish an endowed scholarship in Mark Roman’s memory. Preference for the scholarship award will be given to a student in the Simon School of Business who is studying accounting. Anyone who is interested in contributing to the fund should make a gift to Maryville University and indicate “Mark Roman Scholarship Fund.” Development Director Megan Over can provide more information or answer questions at 314.529.6852.