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  • Deirdre Harris
    Abraham J. Briloff 1917 - 2013
    memorial posted January 9, 2014 by Deirdre Harris, tagged 2013, memorial 
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    Abraham J. Briloff 1917 - 2013
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    It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of a dear friend and wonderful colleague and scholar, Professor Abraham J. Briloff. Abe was 96 years young and continued his scholarly activities – writing and conference presentations -- throughout 2013.

    Professor George Foster at Stanford University termed Abe as the most important accountant in the World. This was no exaggeration: Abe’s contributions to Barron’s changed the practices of auditing and accounting.  Professor Foster also referred to Abe – affectingly -- as “Rambo”. The grain of truth in this appellation refers to the courageous and tenacious manner in which Abe pursued ‘truth in accounting’. 

    Abe’s outstanding contributions were all-the-more significant by the fact that Abe had been clinically blind for most of his life. Gifted with a photographic memory he relied on Baruch students, and later, his daughter, Leonore, to read financial documents to him. Leonore, who is a New York CPA, subsequently co-authored several articles with Abe.

    Abe’s writings were prodigious and influential, including four books: Effectiveness of Accounting Communication; Unaccountable Accounting; More Debits Than Credits: The Burnt Investors' Guide to Financial Statements; and The Truth About Corporate Accounting.

    Abe was a frequently visitor to Washington, testifying before the Moss and Metcalf Committees in the 1970s and more recently the Sarbanes Oxley Congressional Investigation of 2002.

    Abe’s alma mater is Baruch College at the City University of New York. In his frequent presentations at the College he repeatedly expressed his infinite gratitude to the College for providing him with a (free) first rate accounting education. Every presentation began by recalling his indebtedness to the College, and to his legendary mentor, Professor Emanuel Saxe.

    Abe earned a BBA and an MSEd from the then City College (predecessor of Baruch College) in 1937 and 1941 Abe joined Baruch’s accountancy faculty. Abe earned his doctorate in accountancy and taxation from NYU in 1965. He was named the Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Professor of Accountancy at Baruch College in 1976, a title that appended with "emeritus" an insignia that he held for the remainder of his life.

    Abe’s demise is a great loss to the Profession and the Academic Community. As editors, we have always recognized Abe’s writing and teachings over the years; that they retain a resonance with today’s issues, debates and (Abe would never shrink from the terms) “controversies and scandals”. In this spirit, we will continue our practice of reprinting sections of Abe’s books and articles—ensuring that Abe’s legacy will endure long after his untimely demise.

    Our sympathies are extended to Abe’s whole family, notably Leonore A. Briloff and Alice Ebenstein.

    Submitted by:

    Professor Anthony Tinker, Baruch College at the City University of New York

    Professor Aida Sy, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York

  • Deirdre Harris
    Adolf Jan Henri Enthoven 1928-2013
    memorial posted March 21, 2013 by Deirdre Harris, tagged 2013, memorial 
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    Adolf Jan Henri Enthoven 1928-2013
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    1928-2013
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    Adolf Enthoven was born on April 2, 1928 in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and died on March 15, 2013 in Richardson, Texas. He obtained a Ph.D. in bedrijfseconomie (business economics, which includes accounting) and economics in 1960 from the Nederlandse Economische Hogeschool (Netherlands School of Economics), today the Erasmus University Rotterdam, studying under Nobel Laureate Jan Tinbergen. In 1953, he had received a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, and in 1957 he had taken an advanced diploma from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. He came to the U.S. in 1953 and eventually became a naturalized American citizen.

    From 1957 to 1963, Adolf was employed in Europe with Coopers & Lybrand, and then was a senior investment officer at the World Bank for three years. Thereafter he held successive short-term academic posts at the Institute of Advanced Social Studies in The Hague, the University of Illinois, Harvard University, and the University of North Carolina. In 1976, he joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Dallas, where he remained as professor of accounting until the time of his death. In 2010, a distinguished professorship in his name was set up in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, where he had built the accounting program and was director of its Center for International Accounting Development for many years.

    An intrepid student of accounting education and the accounting function in developing countries and emerging economies around the world, Adolf wrote many books and articles on these themes. Among his signature books were Accounting and Economic Development Policy (1973), Accounting Systems in Third World Economies (1977), and Accounting Education in Economic Development Management (1981), all of which were published by Elsevier-North Holland. He was an adviser on accounting education to the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and was an adviser also to the Soros Foundation. Much of his research on behalf of world development bodies, as reflected in his books and articles, dealt with Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, and Russia. He contributed immensely to an understanding of the role of accounting in global economic development.

    Adolf is survived by a sister, Suzanna (Suus) Lundberg-Enthoven, and a brother, Rudolf (Rudi) Enthoven, as well as by nephews and nieces.

    -Stephen A. Zeff

  • Deirdre Harris
    Walter G. Kell 1921-2013
    memorial posted March 13, 2013 by Deirdre Harris, tagged 2013, memorial 
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    Walter G. Kell 1921-2013
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    December 23, 1921 - February 10, 2013
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    Walter G. Kell of Tampa, FL. (formerly of Ann Arbor, MI) died peacefully on February 10, 2013 at the age of 91. Walt was born on December 23, 1921 to Walter F. and Beatrice Iva Kell in Chicago, IL. He graduated from Kankakee High School in 1939.  In April1943 Walt was drafted into the Navy and in September was chosen for the V-12 program (an officer's training program that allowed him to go to school).  As part of this program, he finished his freshman year at Notre Dame and was sent to the University of Michigan in March 1944.  Walt continued at the University of Michigan after his discharge from the Navy in 1945, receiving his BBA in 1946 and MBA in 1947.  While at the University of Michigan Walt lettered in basketball and baseball (1944-46). In 1946 he married Dorothy Polk (deceased). In 1947 Walt received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in the state of Illinois and entered the doctoral program at the University of Illinois. He received his PhD in accounting in 1952 and went on to serve on the faculty at Michigan State University and Syracuse University where he later became chairman of the accounting department. In 1961Walt returned to the University of Michigan as a visiting professor and became a full professor in 1962.  

    During his career Walt was elected President of the American Accounting Association (1963); became a member of the Auditing Standards Advisory Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (1970); was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of CPA's (1979-1985), receiving their Distinguished Service Award in 1986.  Walt was also a member of the Board of Control of Intercollegiate Athletics (1969-1975) and a board member and secretary/treasurer of the M-Club during his time at the University of Michigan. Walt co-authored two text books and was a consulting editor and co-editor of The Accountants Handbook

    In 1976 Walt married Linda Kopec. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 37 years, Linda; children, Linda, Gary, Gayanne and Bill and their spouses; grandchildren, Shaunna, Rick, Ryan, Eli and Maya; five great grandchildren; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Juanita and George; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand­ nephews.  Walt's parents and brother Bob preceded him in death. Contributions in memory of Walt can be made to the University of Michigan or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research.