James Don Edwards, a former president of the American Accounting Affiliation, as effectively as an emeritus professor of accounting at the College of Ga and a member of the Accounting Hall of Fame, died Nov. 21 in Athens, Georgia, at the age of 94.
Soon after serving in the Marines through Planet War II, Edwards started training accounting in 1953 at Michigan Point out College and worked there till 1971. Soon after teaching for a yr at the University of Minnesota, he joined the faculty at the University of Ga in 1972. In 1976, he grew to become the J.M. Tull Professor of Accounting, the to start with endowed professorship at the university’s College of Enterprise Administration. He retired from the College of Georgia in 1998, and was awarded emeritus status in 1999.
He was the 69th member — and one particular of the handful of lecturers — to be elected to the Accounting Corridor of Fame in 2001. He served for a 10 years on the Community Evaluation Board of Arthur Andersen, reviewing audit good quality in 40 nations, and on the CPA Board of Examiners. He was a founding trustee of the Monetary Accounting Basis, the overseer of the Economical Accounting Requirements Board.
As president of the American Accounting Association from 1970-71, he inspired the formation of the AAA’s Commission to Build Accounting Principles, forward of the generation of the Money Accounting Criteria Board. He pushed for the establishment of the AAA Doctoral Consortium and was an early advocate of publication shops for study on accounting education. He attended 60 consecutive yearly conferences of the AAA.
Edwards served on the board of the American Institute of CPAs and its primary Committee on the Standards of Expert Carry out, as perfectly as chairman of the Ga Point out Board of Accountancy and was a national vice president of the Institute of Administration Accounting. He also served as an officer and trustee of the Academy of Accounting Historians.
Edwards authored or co-authored more than a dozen textbooks and about 100 research posts on accounting, economic management and accounting historical past. His initial book, Historical past of General public Accounting in the United States, was an important account of the development of the accounting career. He lectured across the U.S. and overseas and was a visiting scholar at Oxford University’s Nuffield Higher education.
Accounting Now named him 1 of the “100 Most Influential Individuals in Accounting.” He was the very first accounting professor to get an honorary doctorate from the University of Paris, and was the 1st recipient of the Outstanding Accountant Award from the National Council of Beta Alpha Psi. He acquired the Gold Medal Award from the AICPA, and the Academy of Accounting Historians selected him to get the Hourglass Award for his contributions to accounting historical past.
He is survived by his son Jim and Shelley Edwards of Athens four granddaughters, Chelsea Palmer (Will), Hannah Hamilton (Madison), Kate Cape (Matt) and Ashley Weinberg (Sandler) and good-grandchildren Ben Palmer, Merritt Cape, Hawkins Cape and Wyatt Hamilton. His wife of 66 yrs, Clara Maestri Edwards, preceded him in death, as did his brothers Thomas Edwards and Mike Edwards and sister Irene Edwards Landry.
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