In Memory

Mike Summers

Pepperdine University mourns the loss of Michael R. Summers, professor of management science in the Business Administration Division at Seaver College. Beginning his tenure more than 36 years ago, Summers came to Pepperdine in 1980 and was the longest-tenured faculty member in the Business Administration Division.

Summers earned his BS with highest honors, MBA, and PhD from the University of Illinois in 1969, 1970, and 1978, respectively.

"During his 36 years at Pepperdine he was often our quiet conscience, and his steady wisdom was consulted by every divisional dean this division has ever had. Seaver College will be a sadder place without Mike."

Summers is survived by his wife, Ann; son, Adam; daughter-in-law, Wendy; and grandson, Collin. Details of funeral arrangements will be updated here as more information becomes available. 

This paragraph is from Mike's wife, Ann.   She wanted to notify Mike's friends at BHS regarding the passing of her husband, Mike Summers, in the early morning hours on Tuesday, August 16th.  She couldn't find the book from the 50th, but she did find the 45th.  He was so looking forward to the 55th!  We had such a good time last year, as we have every year since the beginning.  I still cannot believe I am writing this.  It was very unexpected and devastating for those of us left behind.  He went to bed and never woke up.  It was a very peaceful passing--no trauma, nothing.  It was possibly a stroke/aneurysm/heart failure thing.  He slipped away quietly.

Since I am unable to access the BHS Alumni site, I was hoping you might be able to pass the sad word along to others you and he knew, especially the Oakland crew. He had the most wonderful memories of the growing up years in Bloomington.

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09/03/16 07:01 PM #10    

Becky Leach (O'Donnell)

I attended my first dance in 7th grade with Mike.  I still have a picture of the two of us looking awkward together.  He bought my very first corsage.  Later, I remember him from church camp at 2nd Pres, and I can honestly say that I know of no one who better exemplified the values we were taught there.  He was a person to be admired. May he rest in peace.

09/03/16 09:01 PM #11    

Ron Augspurger

Most sincere condolences to Mike's family.  As sad as this news is, I still smile whenever I think of him.


09/06/16 10:19 AM #12    

Roger Shoup

Had lunch with Mike, Gary Engle and Eric Osling in Jr high.  Always a pleasure to be in his company...


09/07/16 12:01 PM #13    

Phil Lovell

I always admired Mike - at Bloomington High and the University of Illinois.  He was a gentleman and a scholar.

09/08/16 03:06 AM #14    

Cheryl Smith (Salvato)

I will always think of Mike with a smile on his face at school and at 2nd Pres. We always teased him about playing chess in the lunch line with Daryl. Condolences to Ann and the family.

09/08/16 08:26 PM #15    

Kay Muir (Burpee)

I'm so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. Too young to be gone. He was a wonderful friend. He took me to prom. Funny, smart, so kind, and always a gentleman, that was Mike. My heart goes out to Ann and family. Blessings and prayers to you.


Kay Muir Burpee

09/09/16 06:18 PM #16    

Marvin Barnes

Not knowing Mike personally, he always had a smile on his face in school. He'll be miss by all of us.


09/09/16 07:06 PM #17    

Gary Hoover

Sad to hear of Mike's passing.  He was a great guy.  Always had a smile.  I enjoyed playing chess with him.  Condolences to Ann and his family.

09/18/16 01:29 PM #18    

Janet Sloan (Sloan)

So sorry to hear of Mike's passing.  He was not only one of the smartest kids in our class, but one of the nicest.  Let us not forget that he also did an awesome job as the photographer for our senior year in the Aepix yearbook.  We'll miss you Mike.

03/08/18 06:16 PM #19    

Rae Ann Robb (Geske)

I am so sorry to hear that Mike passed away. I don't get into our site very often and realize is has been several years since he passed.  Mike was one of the kindest guys in our class...always ready to answer a question if you needed help.  So intelligent and it sounds like he led a wonderful life personally and professionally. I am sure he is missed by everyone who knew him.

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