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  • Judy Cothern
    Rene Pierre Manes
    memorial posted January 27, 2009 by Judy Cothern, tagged 2008, memorial 
    1918 - 2008

    Rene Pierre Manes, age 90, passed away on June 15, 2008. His insight and leadership, combined with his passion for accounting and economic research and teaching, and desire to help others, will be missed.

    Rene was born in Yonkers, N.Y. Rene received his bachelors from Columbia University and his masters from Southern Methodist University. After Pearl Harbor, he joined the Navy and attended Harvard for Ensign training. He served in England, Scotland, France and later Germany as a Supply Officer. Following World War II, he was employed by Atlantic Refining Company as an accounting executive in Caracas, Venezuela, returning to the United States to receive his PhD in economics from Purdue University under the Ford Fellowship.

    Rene served as Chairman of the Economics Department and Associate Dean of the Krannert Business School at Purdue, held visiting faculty appointments with Stanford, and served as Dean of the Business School at the University of Arizona. Rene retired from Administration in 1979 to become the H. Scovill Professor of Accounting at the University of Illinois at Champaign. In 1984 he moved to Tallahassee, Florida to teach part time at Florida State University. He retired in 1995.

    He wrote some of the seminal articles in standard costing, cost allocation, theory of accounting and information systems, transfer pricing and matrix theory that form the basis for modem computerized inventory and production management, appearing in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, and the Journal of Management Accounting Research.

    Rene is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Manes, by sons, Kenneth and Anthony, and three grandchildren, Anya, Nathan and Ben. Rene enjoyed tennis several times a week at Forest Meadows through his 87th year. He volunteered for ten years at the Senior Center to work with the AARP Tax - Aid program. He was a Silver Life Master Bridge Player. He wrote ten or twelve articles about postage stamps that were published in philatelic journals. The last one was published in March, 2008.

  • Judy Cothern
    Sally Webber
    memorial posted October 22, 2009 by Judy Cothern, tagged 2008 
    1953 - 2008
    Sally Webber

    Colleague, friend, teacher, and mentor, Sally Webber, HSBC Professor of Accountancy, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2008 after a three-year battle with cancer.

    Sally joined the Northern Illinois University Department of Accountancy in 1999 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 2002, and full professor in 2008. She earned her undergraduate and master's degrees from Northern Illinois University (NIU) and her doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. She was an active and involved member of the American Accounting Association and most recently was Chairman of the Education Committee of the Information Systems section in 2005.

    Sally won a number of teaching and research awards while at NIU and in 2008 was awarded NIU's Outstanding Mentor Award in honor of her work mentoring colleagues and students over the years. Sally was also a passionate advocate for Beta Alpha Psi, serving as Faculty Advisor for NIU's chapter and Director of the Midwest Region. Sally was presented with Beta Alpha Psi's National President's Award in 2007 for the contributions she made to students and to the professionalism and service ideals espoused by Beta Alpha Psi. The President's Award is Beta Alpha Psi's highest and most prestigious award. Sally was named an NIU Department of Accountancy Outstanding Alumni in 2006 for her ongoing commitment to the Department.

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    Joe Rhile
    memorial last edited September 3, 2009 by Judy Cothern, tagged 2008, memorial 
    1913 - 2008
    Joe Rhile accepting the American Accounting Association’s Service Award at the 2005 Annual Meeting

    Accounting education lost a long-established leader and advocate with the death of Dr. Joseph (Joe) Rhile in November. As an emeritus professor at Lake Sumter Community College, Joe dedicated considerable time and leadership to the American Accounting Association, most recently working with AAA staff on a new edition of the “Rhile Directory” of Accounting faculty at 2-year colleges. That project will continue with warm memories of Joe and his efforts to support the community of 2-year colleagues.