Bruce H. Olson, 73, died Sunday, Nov. 9, at his home in Oxford. He was professor of finance at Miami University from 1967 until his retirement in 2004.
In addition to his teaching, Olson conducted numerous banking and executive development seminars and worked with credit unions and the National Credit Union Management Association. He founded the Miami University Credit Union and for many years served on its board, as well as on Miami's faculty welfare committee. He was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the American Finance Association, and the American Economic Association.
During his career, Olson received numerous awards including the Beta Gamma teaching award and the Miami University Alumni Association's Effective Educator Award of 1985. In 1987, three of his former students funded the Bruce Olson Scholar Leader Room. He received the AK Morris Miami University Alumni Award for distinguished service in 1989 and was the Associated Student Government Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 1990. In 2001, more than 40 of his former students established the ongoing Bruce Olson Innovation Fund, which provides a broad range of internships and benefits for finance students.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Joann, son Rick, son-in-law Peter Lanjouw of Washington, D.C. and two grandchildren. A daughter, Jenny, died in 2005.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Sesquicentennial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bruce H. Olson Outstanding Achievement Award to be presented annually to a graduating Miami University student in finance. Contributions may be sent to: Bruce Olson Award, Miami University Office of Development, 725 E. Chestnut St., Oxford, OH 45056-2480.