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    Alan Mayper
    memorial posted May 18, 2010 by Deirdre Harris, last edited May 18, 2010, tagged 2010 
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    I am sad to announce the death of Alan Mayper.  Alan was the past chair of the Public Interest Section and a faculty member at the University of North Texas.  Most important to him was that he was the husband of Barbara Merino, his soul mate.  I have seldom met a man so happy and content with his marriage and the new family circle he became devoted to.  I know you join me in expressing my sorrow to Barbara and members of their combined family who now mourn his absence.

    Due to his illness, Alan was not able to attend our first annual PIS Mid-year meeting in 2008, but sent a letter that I read to welcome members to this inaugural event.    I believe Alan’s own words and thoughts reflect the depth of his character, so I include his remarks below.

    Alan’s Welcoming to the Mid-Year Meeting

    I am thrilled to welcome you to the FIRST annual mid-year meeting of the Public Interest Section and to the Academy of Accounting Historians Research Conference.  None of us was sure the meeting would come off or not, but due to the hard work of two special individuals, our meeting will be a success.  Thank you so much Parveen Gupta and Dan Jensen, without them we would not be here!

    Now, if I am not actually able to attend the meeting, it is not due to my lack of interest, but the cancer, I am going to beat, can be a nemesis at times.  Nevertheless, the illness has allowed me time to think and reflect over the past several months.  I will share some of those reflections with you today.

    What does the public interest mean to me?  In the past, the meaning took on specific issues.  The public interest is ethics and the profession; ethics and education; symbolism versus real change; change the American Accounting Association; and etc.  All these issues may influence the public interest but none of them has meaning as to what public interest is.

    My own conclusion is that public interest is synonymous with “quality of life”.  When we serve the public interest, we should be improving the quality of life.  To me this would imply there are many avenues (and paradigms) to examining the public interest.  There can easily be more than one solution.

    This calls for tolerance, openness, and a willingness to learn.  This is what I hope our Mid-year meeting is all about.  I wish you a wonderful meeting and I hope you leave the meeting thinking about how the meeting has affected the quality of life.

    Thank you and welcome.

    Alan

    Alan, thank you.  You will be missed.

    Pamela Roush,
    Chair of the Public Interest Section