Former Federal Maritime Commission Chair Leslie Lazar Kanuk died at her home in Manhattan on Tuesday. Her son, Alan Kanuk, said she died in her sleep.
Kanuk, 83, was appointed a commissioner of the FMC by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 and named FMC chair by President Ronald Reagan early in 1981.
Before being named to the FMC in 1978, Kanuk was deputy chairman of and professor in the Department of Marketing at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York. She served on the maritime transportation research board of the National Academy of Sciences from 1975 to 1978, and served as a consultant to the U.S. Maritime Administration.
After retiring from the FMC in late 1981, she returned to Baruch College where she was the Lippert Distinguished Chair professor from 1981 to 1984. She was a professor at CUNY from 1981 to 1989, and a professor emeritus after 1989. She served on the board of Cliffs Natural Resources, a mining company. She served as chairman, president and director of the Containerization and Intermodal Institute from 1981 to 1993.
She was also a professor of the graduate studies program at the Maine Maritime Academy from 1984 to 1993. She was the author of numerous articles and a popular textbook, “Consumer Behavior,” which she co-authored with Leon Schiffman and which went into 12 editions.
She earned an MBA from Baruch in 1964 and a Ph.D from CUNY in 1974. She was awarded honorary doctorates by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1981 and the Maine Maritime Academy in 1988.
She is survived by her husband Jack, her son Alan, a sister Randi, and two grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, at Riverside Chapel at. 180 W 76th Street in Manhattan.