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TCU Neeley Mourns Loss of Finance Professor Pete Locke

The Horned Frog family is sad to share that Pete Locke, professor of finance, passed away June 10. He was an inspiring professor and will be greatly missed.  

June 16,  2016

By Elaine Cole

Dr. Pete Locke was a beloved professor who joined TCU in 2006 and taught both undergraduate and graduate classes. He was honored as Undergraduate Teacher of the Year in 2007. He published several research papers and was awarded outstanding paper twice during his PhD studies. 

“Pete was a strong scholar and a devoted teacher,” Mo Rodriguez, chair of the finance department, said. “He was passionate about creating meaningful research and helping others do the same. Pete was an amazing friend, and he will be greatly missed.”

While at TCU, Locke provided expertise to Businessweek, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Boston Globe, Fort Worth Business Press, American Public Media, CBS and ABC news. He served on the Aspen Committee to revise the Neeley School curriculum. He also served on the board of editors for Journal of Futures Markets, Review of Futures Markets and Asia-Pacific Futures Research Symposium.

“In our work together on the Aspen Committee, Pete was a great source of creativity and insight,” Ray Pfeiffer, associate dean of undergraduate programs, said. “He wanted our students to benefit from and share his deep love of learning and broad liberal education that he received and embodied as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.”

“I will miss Pete dearly because he was first and foremost an incredibly caring person,” Vassil Mihov, associate professor of finance, said. “He was kind to everyone he met, but his passion was helping and mentoring students and student organizations like the Capital Markets Club. He cared about the success of his students, colleagues and Neeley as a school.”  

Locke recently was named director of the TCU honors program at the Neeley School.

“When Pete came to TCU, he would occasionally marvel at how great TCU people are: the students, the staff, the faculty, even the administration. Pete continued to enjoy the people on campus, and he was very happy about taking on the honors program director role,” said Steve Mann, associate professor of finance, who helped recruit Dr. Locke to TCU.

Always friendly and active, Locke enjoyed bike riding, theatre, movies and sports. He played piano, keyboards and guitar with and for colleagues and friends. He also cheered football, basketball and soccer teams. He was devoted to his wife of 24 years, Jenell, and his grandchildren Kai and Zarius.

“I’ll particularly cherish the memory of us playing in a jazz trio at the Neeley undergraduate awards banquet a few years ago,” Pfeiffer said. “He was a fine musician and reflected his soulful and joyful outlook on life through his music.”

Locke graduated magna cum laude in 1983 from the University of Oregon with a double major in economics and mathematics. In 1987 he earned his PhD in economics from Texas A&M University, where he won the Salt Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student. He served as an economist with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 1989-99, adjunct professor at the University of Maryland from 1991-99, and associate professor promoted to professor at George Washington University 1999-05.

He is survived by his wife, Jenell Thomas-Locke; son, Darius Robinson; grandchildren, Kai and Zarius; sisters, Anne Locke and Mimi Arnett; brothers, Bill Locke and wife Janet, Jack Locke and fiancé Paula, and Terry Locke and wife Sue; nieces, nephews, extended family, colleagues and dear friends.

Services will be held Friday, June 17, 11:00 am, at Great Commission Baptist Church, 7700 McCart Ave, Fort Worth 76133.