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Remembering Kent L. Womack

Honouring a professor, colleague and friend

Kent Womack


We are saddened to report that Professor Kent L. Womack passed away unexpectedly on August 4th, 2015. Kent was on a fishing trip in the U.S. with one of his dear friends and died in his sleep.

Kent held the prestigious Manulife Financial Chair in Financial Services as well as being a Professor of Finance at the Rotman School of Management. Kent had been a member of the Rotman faculty since 2010 and prior to that was at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where he built on his experience at Goldman Sachs to become a world expert on the role of equity analysts and underwriting. 

Kent brought a unique combination of skills to Rotman. Not only did he bring cutting edge finance research and experience into the MBA core, but he also took responsibility for the foundations of integrative thinking course and taught behavioral finance. A true renaissance man, Kent was also close to being a professional athlete in the javelin and was an accomplished jazz pianist. Kent’s academic leadership will be difficult to replace both in finance and the MBA core.

On a personal note, Kent was a delightful colleague, who fully participated in faculty activities. His engaging personality, honesty and warmth will be missed by all. To honour Kent’s life and dedication to scholarship, teaching, and academic excellence, the Kent L. Womack Student Scholarship was established by Kent’s family. To learn more, please click here.

Our deepest sympathies go to the Womack family and those for whom he cared deeply.

We honoured Kent’s life and achievements, at a reception held at the Rotman School on August 12, from 4-6 pm. Please see the videos below.

Tiff Macklem
Dean, Rotman School of Management