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  • Judy Cothern
    Kathleen Lorraine Casper5100%
    memorial posted August 25, 2014 by Judy Cothern, tagged 2014, memorial 
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    Kathleen Lorraine Casper
    Oct. 10, 1950 - Aug. 14, 2014
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    Kathleen Lorraine Casper

    On August 14, 2014, the American Accounting Association lost one if its own:  Kathy Casper. Many of you got to know Kathy during her 16 years with the Association.  As the Web and Database Project Manager, she was instrumental in moving us into the 21st century.  In fact, she worked on early web pages and independently designed, developed and implemented our annual meeting system, enhancing it annually based on the feedback she received from the many volunteers who worked with her. She also implemented the new segment meeting system that was introduced over the past year.

    Outside of work, Kathy was very active in the Faith Lutheran Church where she provided service in many ways.  Having done missionary work in Haiti in 2005, Kathy was devoted to fundraising for Haitian children's education and care.  She was also a passionate writer, publishing many articles and poetry.

    Kathy’s quick wit, creativity, broad smile and kind heart will be deeply missed by all who knew her.  If you have memories of Kathy you’d like to share with her sister and three daughters, please email them to  Additionally, in Kathy’s honor, charitable donations can be made to the Faith Lutheran Church for the Haiti Fund care of Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL. 

  • Nancy Maciag
    George J. Staubus
    memorial posted April 18, 2014 by Nancy Maciag, tagged 2014 
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    George J. Staubus
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    George J. Staubus

    George J. Staubus, the Michael Chetkovich professor emeritus at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, died on March 21 in Oakland, Calif., from bone marrow failure. He was 87.


    Professor Staubus dedicated his life’s work not only to the teaching and research of accounting but to continued improvement of the standards and practices of financial reporting.  Staubus’ colleagues say his work developing the “decision-usefulness theory of accounting” is an important contribution to financial accounting theory in the twentieth century.


    The decision-usefulness theory of accounting provides direction for all accounting and financial reporting choices. Under this theory, the primary objective of financial reporting is to provide information that is useful in making investment decisions. 


    “Professor Staubus was the first to explicitly identify that objective and to link it to enterprise cash flows or a cash flow-oriented view of how assets and liabilities are measured. Staubus' work has surged in importance in recent years as the debate about accounting's underlying theoretical framework is being re-examined by standard setters worldwide,” says Maria Nondorf, executive director, Haas Center for Financial Reporting and Management.


    Prior to Staubus pointing out the importance of cash flows in investment decisions, the theory was solely focused on accounting-based net income. Despite numerous rejections of Staubus’ insight in the 1950’s, the academic community embraced the decision-usefulness theory in the sixties, and the standards-setting community followed suit in the seventies.


    Staubus developed the “decision-usefulness theory of accounting” with his dissertation, An Accounting Concept of Revenue (1954/1980), and two subsequent articles in The Accounting Review (1958 and 1959). The theory was presented in his 1961 book, A Theory of Accounting to Investors.


    More recently, Staubus commented on the theory in the preface of The Decision-Usefulness Theory of Accounting: A Limited History (1999), “From today’s perspective, it is not a broad theory of accounting. The key to the decision-usefulness theory is the decision-usefulness objective. It is the base on which a coherent, broad structure of ideas has been built. No other such structure of accounting ideas has been developed, to my knowledge.”


    Staubus served on the Haas accounting faculty for 40 years, from 1952 until 1992. Post-retirement, he continued to play an active role in the accounting program including by participating in student activities, the annual Center for Financial Reporting and Management conference, and initiating the Berkeley Award for Distinguished Contributions to Financial Reporting, and serving on the Award's selection committee.


    “George was a very serious accounting scholar. He published more articles in The Accounting Review than anyone during his active period. George served as research director of the Financial Accounting Standards Board,” says colleague Alan Cerf, accounting professor emeritus.


    In 2009, Staubus received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Accounting Program at the Haas School and the school’s Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Undergraduate Program in 1991. In 1982, the American Accounting Association named Staubus “Distinguished International Lecturer.” The California Society of Certified Public Accountants honored Staubus with its Distinguished Professor Award in 1981.


    Former Haas School Dean Raymond Miles remembers Staubus’ sage-like personality and demeanor,“George Staubus was a constant source of good advice, particularly in the periods when I held administrative posts. George always presented a calm appearance, one that cooled off heated moments, and lent good cheer to positive situations.  He will be missed.”  


    Staubus is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sarah, and their four children, Lindsay, Martin, Paul, and Janette.

    The family will announce details of a remembrance ceremony at a later date. Contributions in memory of George Staubus may be made to these organizations that were dear to his heart:


    Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley
    1 Lawson Rd
    Kensington, CA 94707


    The Lair of the Golden Bear
    Camp Blue c/o Cal Alumni Association
    1 Alumni House
    Berkeley, CA 94720-7520

  • Deirdre Harris
    The Deloitte Foundation Recipients of 2014 Doctoral...
    news item posted February 25, 2014 by Deirdre Harris, tagged 2014, achievement 
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    The Deloitte Foundation Recipients of 2014 Doctoral Fellowships in Accounting

    The Deloitte Foundation Announces Recipients of the 2014 Doctoral Fellowships in Accounting

    $250,000 in grants awarded to 10 Ph.D. candidates

    WILTON, Conn., Feb. 11, 2014—The Deloitte Foundation has awarded $25,000 grants to ten top accounting Ph.D. candidates from the Deloitte Foundation’s annual Doctoral Fellowship program. Given to high performing accounting doctoral students who plan to pursue academic careers upon graduation, the award will support the 2014 recipients’ final year of coursework and the subsequent year to complete their doctoral dissertation.

    This year’s recipients and the institutions they attend are:
    • Jeremiah W. Bentley, Cornell University
    • Nicole L. Cade, University of Washington
    • Cassandra Estep, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
    • Michele Frank, University of Pittsburgh
    • Allison K. Nicoletti, The Ohio State University
    • Kari J. Olsen, University of Southern California
    • Daniel A. Saavedra Lux, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Steven Savoy, University of Iowa
    • Yu Ting (Forester) Wong, Columbia University
    • Christopher G. Yust, University of Texas at Austin

    “Since 1956, the Deloitte Foundation has proudly awarded fellowships to more than 1,000 accounting Ph.D. candidates,” said Carol Lindstrom, president, Deloitte Foundation. “Since the fellows aim for careers in academia, the program plays a crucial role in contributing towards a pipeline of highly-skilled, qualified accounting faculty on campuses to educate our profession’s next generation of talent and leaders. I congratulate all of the 2014 Fellowship recipients.”

    Each year, approximately 100 universities are invited to apply for the Fellowship. Student applicants are nominated by the accounting faculty of their school. A selection committee composed of four eminent accounting educators chose this year’s recipients.

    About the Deloitte Foundation The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization which supports education in the U.S. through a variety of initiatives that help develop the talent of the future and their influencers and promote excellence in teaching, research and curriculum innovation. The Foundation sponsors an array of national programs relevant to a variety of professional services, benefitting middle/high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. For more information, please visit the Deloitte Foundation web page at

    About Deloitte
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