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    Herbert Elmer Miller 1914-2012
    memorial posted January 9, 2013 by Judy Cothern, tagged memorial 
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    Herbert Elmer Miller 1914-2012
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    August 11, 1914 — December 21, 2012
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    Herbert E. Miller was born on August 11, 1914 in DeWitt, Iowa. He died in Athens, Georgia on December 21, 2012 following a long illness. Herb received an A.B. in 1936 and an M.A. in 1937 from the University of Iowa and then received a Ph.D. in 1944 from the University of Minnesota. He served on the accounting faculties of Simpson College (1937-38), the University of Minnesota (1938-44), the University of Iowa (1945), the University of Michigan (1946-61), and Michigan State University (1961-70) prior to becoming a partner in Arthur Andersen & Co., where he proceeded to lead a movement to establish and gain accreditation for schools of accounting. In 1978, upon reaching the mandatory retirement age at the firm, he joined the University of Georgia as the first director of its J. M. Tull School of Accounting. He retired from the university in 1983. The School created an accounting chair in his name in 1988. 

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    Herb wrote numerous articles in professional and academic journals but was known mainly for his textbooks. Beginning in 1951, he joined H. A. Finney as coauthor of the three volumes of Finney’s Principles of Accounting textbooks: introductory, intermediate and advanced. They were, during the 1950s and the 1960s, the best-known and most widely used series of accounting principles textbooks in U.S. college and university accounting programs. He also edited three editions of C.P.A. Review Manual from 1951 to 1966 and in 1972 with George C. Mead.

    He chaired the AAA’s special committee to formulate a revision of its accounting principles statement in 1948. He served as the AAA’s vice-president in 1957 and president in 1965-66. As president, he arranged with Prentice-Hall, Inc., the publisher of his textbooks, to publish the AAA’s 50-year history at no cost to the Association.  He was the last living member of the AICPA’s Committee on Accounting Procedure, on which he served from 1956 to 1959, and he was also a member of the AICPA’s Accounting Principles Board from 1959 to 1963.

    In 1961-62, he was national president of Beta Alpha Psi, and he served as president in 1981 of the Federation of School of Accountancy. He was a member of AICPA’s Council in 1966-69 and of its Board of Directors in 1967-70.

    Herb received the AAA’s Outstanding Accounting Educator Award in 1977, Beta Alpha Psi’s Accountant of the Year Award in 1978, and the AICPA’s Gold Medal Award in 1981. In 1982, he was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame.

    Herb was a passionate fan of auto racing and attended competitions all over the country.

    On July 1, 1938, he married Mary Lenore Snitkey, known to all as Lenore. She died on June 11, 2011. They leave one daughter, Barbara Clemmons.

    Herb, who was a doctoral supervisor and close personal friend of the writer, touched the lives of many of today’s accounting academics. Never one to vaunt his achievements, he had a prodigious career as an educator, textbook author, standard setter, and leader of the accounting profession.

    [Courtesy of Stephen A. Zeff]