Michael R. Czinkota

Michael R Czinkota

Age 71, Luray, Va.

Professor Emeritus Michael Czinkota, 71, of Luray, passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Page Memorial Hospital. 

He was born on October 5, 1951, in Germany and was a son of the late Michael Czinkota and Ursula Magerl Czinkota. 

On August 10, 1984, he married Ilona Vigh Czinkota, who survives. Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Margaret Czinkota of Luray; and a brother, Thomas Czinkota and wife Birgit. 

He was a member of Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Luray, the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria, Va. and the Page Valley Sports Club in Luray.  

Professor Emeritus Michael Czinkota presented international business and trade at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. for 40 years. He also offered cutting edge international issues at the University of Kent in Canterbury, United Kingdom and was chaired professor emeritus for international marketing at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Fluent in English, Spanish and German, he has held professorial appointments in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. 

Dr. Czinkota served in the U.S. government administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. As deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Commerce he was responsible for trade. He served as head of the U.S. delegation to the OECD Industry Committee in Paris. In the Bureau of Export Administration, he was Senior Advisor for Export Controls.

Dr. Czinkota’s academic work has focused on export development strategies and the linkage between terrorism and international business. He has written more than 140 articles in leading academic journals on the topics and was named one of the top three contributors to the international business literature by the Journal of International Business Studies. In 2019, the Academy of International Business awarded him the Medal for Research Leadership in the past 50 years. The American Marketing Association presented Czinkota with its lifetime achievement award. Due to his academic engagement on terrorism, Dr. Czinkota has worked with the U.S. Department of State  and has testified 12 times before Congress. 

He has authored  28 books in the fields of business, marketing and trade. He also wrote three leading college textbooks, International Marketing – 11th edition, International Business – 9th edition and Fundamentals of International Business – 3rd edition.    

Dr. Czinkota served on the Global Advisory Board of the American Marketing Association, the Global Council of the American Management Association,  the Board of Governors of the Academy of Marketing Science, and as a member of the American Council on Germany. For his work in international business and trade policy, he has been awarded honorary degrees by the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru and the Universidad Pontificia Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic. The Universidad Ricardo Palma of Lima named its Global Marketing School after Dr. Czinkota.

He was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom. Dr. Czinkota served on several corporate boards and has worked with corporations such as AT&T, IBM, GE, Nestle, and US WEST. He has advised the Executive Office of the President and the U.S. General Accountability Office on trade policy issues. He also served as an advisor to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.

Dr. Czinkota was born and raised in Germany and educated in Austria, Scotland, Spain, and the United States. He studied law and business administration at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and was awarded a two-year Fulbright Scholarship. He holds an MBA in International Business and a Ph.D. in Logistics from The Ohio State University. He resided with his wife Ilona and daughter Margaret in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where he will be put to his eternal resting place.

A funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30, at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church by Father Edwin Perez.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, at the Bradley Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to:

Page Memorial Hospital
200 Memorial Dr VA 22835
Tel: 1-540-743-4561
Web: https://www.valleyhealthlink.com/donations/

Ohio State College of Business, international programs fund.
14 E. 15th Ave., Columbus OH 43201
Tel: 1-614-292-2141
Web: https://www.giveto.osu.edu/makeagift/details/309873

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