Lansing, NY

Jerome E. Hass passed away unexpectedly on January 21, 2013, at the age of 72.

He was a beloved member of the Cornell faculty since 1967, where he taught many generations of grateful students. Jerry loved teaching and was scheduled to teach Cornell Lectures in Finance this semester.

Jerry was Emeritus Professor of Finance and Business Strategy at Johnson, and the Alan Krause Faculty Fellow in Real Estate Finance. He was previously the James B. Rubin Professor of Finance at Johnson.

He received a B.A. degree from St. Mary's University, Winona, Minnesota, an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), and a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Carnegie-Mellon University. At Cornell, he taught graduate courses in corporate and managerial finance, security analysis and investment management, energy economics and regulation, and business strategy. He was an instructor in several of Cornell's executive education programs and various corporate management development programs. He was a member of the Boards of Directors of Selected Funds (a family of mutual funds) and the Investment Committee of the Franziska Racker Centers, Inc. He had been a visiting professor at Katholieke Universitiet Leuven (Belgium), International Management Institute-Kiev (Ukraine), Electro-Technical University (St. Petersburg), University of Agriculture (Slovakia), KOC University (Istanbul), the Vienna Institute, the Australian Graduate School of Management, the University of Western Australia, and the Graduate School of Business Administration Zurich.

Since 1983, Jerry had been a Special Consultant to National Economic Research Associates. In that capacity he had been a consultant and/or expert witness on a variety of issues, including the cost of pharmaceutical products; the financial integrity and revenue adequacy of railroads; the cost of capital and capital structures for oil and CO2 pipelines, crude oil tankers, electric utilities, cable television and natural gas systems; minority stockholder claims; the valuation of closely-held stock; natural resource properties and lease valuations; cost-benefit analysis of regulatory alternatives; and the valuation of Alaska North Slope crude oil for royalty and tax purposes. He had testified more than fifty times in state and federal regulatory and judicial systems as well as before both houses of Congress. He recently became a Senior Consultant to Charles River Associates.

Jerry was an adventurous man who took the unpaved path that lead to increasing knowledge, a farmer at heart, a homesteader, a teacher who believed every moment was a teaching moment. He never missed the opportunity to travel to new countries to partake in their culture and indulge their food. A grandfather who lived vicariously through his grandchildren whether sports, music or theatre. A man who believed in pure moral ethics, a giver to the community who believed everyone has the ability to give back, a loving husband who knew he couldn’t raise 5 kids without his beautiful wife. His generosity had no bounds and neither did his frugality for he would use the same nail 10 times over. His humor brought life and happiness to all that experienced him. He was a believer that everyone has a God given talent to be shared with all. He also enjoyed partaking in the seasonal events of hunting, fishing and golfing.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Ellsworth A. and Eva M. (Garrity) Hass.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Joan Mullenbach Hass; their children, Eric Hass (Elizabeth), Christopher Hass (Christine), Gregory Hass (Angi), Neal Hass (Teresa), and Marna (Andrew) Boerman; grandchildren, Ryan, Jordan, Cameron, Erica, Madeline, Caeden, Nathan, Morgan, Jacob and Dalton. Jerry also leaves a brother, Wayne Hass (Lynn); sisters, Mary Green (Col. Herbert Green Ret.), Jean Tuohy (John), and a large extended family.

A Memorial Mass, with Most Reverend Matthew H. Clark, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Rochester, presiding, with father Ron Gaesser con-celebrating, will begin at 1pm, Saturday, January 26, 2013, All Saints Catholic Church, 347 Ridge Rd., Lansing, NY. Inurnment at Our Lady of the Lakes Cemetery, King Ferry, NY, will be delayed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Catholic Charities of Tompkins County, 324 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca, NY 14850; “Class of 1969 Scholarship in Honor of Professor Jerry Hass”, at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, 130 E. Seneca St., Suite 400, Ithaca, NY 14850; or the Jerome E. Hass Scholarship Fund, Lansing Central School District, 284 Ridge Rd., Lansing, NY 14882.

Lansing Funeral Home is assisting the family.