Professor Adam Schwartz P’24
Adam Schwartz P’24, the Holmes Professor of Management in Bucknell’s Freeman College of Management, died Aug. 22 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Raised in Atlanta, Schwartz earned a bachelor’s in applied physics from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1983 and was an optical engineer in the defense field in his early career. He returned to his alma mater for a master’s in management in 1990, then earned a Ph.D. with a focus on finance at the University of Georgia in 1995.

Schwartz said in an interview with Bucknell’s Division of Communications that a love of teaching and mentorship inspired him to pursue a career in education. “I picked the career I would’ve chosen if I’d won the lottery, and I’ve never regretted it,” he said. “I don’t consider teaching work. There’s nothing else I would want to do.”

He began his academic career at the University of Miami, then taught at the University of Mississippi and at Washington and Lee University. He joined Bucknell in 2018 as the inaugural Holmes Professor and was co-director of the University’s Student Managed Investment Fund.

Schwartz was an expert in financial derivatives modeling and consistently published in academic journals throughout his career. His varied research also focused on option pricing and finance pedagogy. A chartered financial analyst, he authored derivatives readings for the CFA curriculum used to prepare candidates for the CFA exam, many of his Bucknell students among them.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth P’24, and son, Robert ’24.