Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

University Mourns the Death of Longtime Business Professor Ivan Miestchovich

Ivan MiestchovichThe University of New Orleans is mourning the loss of longtime business professor Ivan Miestchovich, who died on Sept. 25 at the age of 66 after a one-year battle with ALS. Miestchovich, an associate professor of finance, was a faculty member in the College of Business Administration for nearly four decades and a renowned expert in the areas of real estate, economic development and finance.


Mon., Oct. 5, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond.

Memorial Service

A memorial service will be held at the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m.

"Ivan was an exceptional colleague and faculty member of the College of Business Administration who was greatly admired at the University and throughout the community," said John Williams, dean of the College of Business Administration. "His research and entrepreneurial work in real estate and economic development will have a lasting impact throughout the region. We will miss his phenomenal personality and dedication."

Miestchovich, a native of New Orleans and graduate of Jesuit High School, earned a bachelor's degree, an MBA and a master's in urban studies from UNO. He was awarded a doctorate in marketing communications and economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi. He served as the director of the Institute for Economic Development and Real Estate Research and was the author of the Institute's annual real estate market analysis of metropolitan New Orleans and the North Shore region. The annual Economic Outlook and Real Estate Forecast Seminars were named in his honor in 2015. Miestchovich was also the first person to hold the Max Derbes III Professorship of Real Estate, which was created in honor of his friend and mentor Max J. Derbes III. Miestchovich retired in May 2015 after spending 38 years at UNO.

Miestchovich taught undergraduate and graduate courses in real estate principles, investment and development, entrepreneurship, personal finance, economic development and financial management of nonprofit organizations. But his contributions extended well outside of the classroom. He was the founding director of the UNO Small Business Development Center and the International Trade Center. He served on the board of the Capital One Community Renewal Fund, the St. Tammany Parish Economic Development Foundation and the Bank of New Orleans. Miestchovich's affable personality and depth of knowledge made him a go-to analyst for the local and national news media; he was a frequent guest on radio shows and newscasts and often quoted in a variety of print and online publications.

Miestchovich is survived by his wife, Peggy, and his daughters, Kristin and Kaitlin.

Friends will be received at the Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd. in Hammond, on Monday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Gleason Initiative Foundation, P.O. Box 24493, New Orleans, La. 70184.