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.