The Drexel LeBow community recently lost a highly respected member of our faculty, Cas Srinivasan. As an accounting professor, Dr. Srinivasan served as department head from 1978 to 1986. He retired from LeBow in 1988.
Dr. Srinivasan was an unassuming person who did not worry about who got credit for progress, which helped him build a very strong department. When recruiting outstanding additions to the faculty, he always insisted on hiring applicants who would be collegial, supportive mentors of junior faculty and Ph.D. students. Dr. Srinivasan himself was always very helpful in mentoring younger faculty members, and he was meticulously objective and fair in his evaluations of their accomplishments in research, teaching and service.
While Dr. Srinivasan was a humble person, he did struggle mightily to remain modest when it came to the recent successes of his beloved Phillies. He and his best friend, fellow LeBow professor John Savchak, owned partial season tickets for seats behind home plate before Savchak’s death in 2004. No one sitting nearby could confuse who they were rooting for, just as there was never any confusion on campus about for Dr. Srinivasan’s passion for students and for teaching.