Dr. Rassuli was born Kathleen M. Best, April 12, 1955 and died along with her small daughter Lili in a tragic automobile accident on January 2, 1999. She taught marketing from 1989 until her death. Dr. Rassuli received the 1996 Excellence in M.B.A. Teaching Award. She received degrees from University of Nebraska (B.S., 1979; M.A., 1981) and Michigan State University (Ph.D., 1988). She was married to Ali Rassuli.