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In Memoriam


Taught Generations of Accountants

Irving Chaykin, professor emeritus in Baruch's Stan Ross Department of Accountancy, died on Mar. 19. He was 94 years old.

Chaykin ('32) officially retired from Baruch in 1967, after 35 years of teaching. During those years, he developed the curriculum for what became the Chaykin CPA Review Course, which he turned into a profitable business. In 1990, when he stepped down as its director, the business was purchased by the Washington Post.

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Chaykin received his BBA from Baruch (then the City College School of Business and Public Administration) in 1932 and immediately was offered a teaching post. In later years, he became a distinguished professor of accountancy at Hofstra University, where a chair was named for him.

A devoted Baruch alumnus, Chaykin is remembered by generations of Baruch students for his mischievous sense of humor as well as his meticulous and disciplined teaching methods. Along with Dean Emanuel Saxe and a few others, he helped create Baruch's modern accountancy department. Sidney Lirtzman, former dean of Baruch's Zicklin School of Business, called him "an icon, one of the best-known accountants of his generation."

A longtime resident of Manhasset, Long Island, Chaykin is survived by Clarice, his wife of more than 60 years; sons Daniel and Maury; daughter Debra; and numerous grandchildren.

Baruch Scorekeeper and Sports Legend

Burt Beagle, a sports legend at Baruch College and beyond, died on Feb. 19. A retired accountant, Beagle was 73 years old.

burt beagleBeagle photo by Lem Peterkin

Best known as the statistician for Baruch's men's basketball team, Beagle scored 930 consecutive games before his streak, which began during the 1968–69 season, was ended by illness in November. (Beagle holds the NCAA record for most games scored by one person.) But his involvement with Baruch athletics began earlier still, in 1951, when he was an accounting student and the sports editor of The Ticker. In subsequent years, Beagle assumed many roles at his alma mater: sports information director, historian, and associate baseball coach. He was a patron as well: A few years ago, he gave Baruch's Athletics Department $19,000 toward the purchase of a van to transport players.

Beloved but a bit of a Luddite, Beagle kept stats for CUNY and the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) the old-fashioned way: with a pencil and paper. He never used a computer. He typed his statistics on paper and then archived them in boxes stored in his apartment. Nonetheless, he was a respected authority among coaches and recruiters, many of whom sought his critiques of athletes he had seen up close. The sports departments at city newspapers relied on his calls to provide game summaries.

In recent years, Beagle was regularly honored. He was feted by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association, presented with a citation by the New York City Sports Commission, honored by Mayor Bloomberg for his contributions to high school and college athletics, and inducted into the New York State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Last year Baruch honored him as one of nine people inducted into the inaugural "class" of its Athletics Hall of Fame.

"I can't tell you how many college and high school coaches, referees, and old players I've heard from who said they were truly saddened by Burt passing away," said Ray Rankis, the longtime Baruch men's basketball coach and a Beagle friend. "He is utterly irreplaceable." Tributes to Beagle appeared in the New York Times, Daily News, and Staten Island Advance.



Miguel A. Santos, professor of biology and ecology in Baruch's Department of Natural Sciences, died in January. Santos grew up in New York City, served in the U.S. Army, and then attended City College.

After college, he earned a PhD and a JD, both from Rutgers. He taught environmental science and environmental law at the University of Puerto Rico before joining the faculty at Baruch in 1979. He coordinated the environmental studies program at Baruch for more than 25 years.

"Miguel was a creative and popular teacher. He developed courses in environmental studies, and he regularly offered students the opportunity for independent study in environmental science and public policy," says his longtime colleague Professor Mary Jean Holland. "Apart from his professional accomplishments, he was a warm, lovable guy with a great sense of humor. He was deeply concerned about economic and social justice and the preservation of civil liberties. As the father of two daughters, he was especially concerned about women's rights, which I found particularly endearing. We miss him."


LEOPOLD A. BERNSTEIN, professor of accounting and finance and author of financial statement analysis textbooks, died on Feb. 11. He was 78 years old. Bernstein began teaching at Baruch in 1961 and retired in 1995. A Holocaust survivor and lover of nature and music, he leaves a wife, Cynthia; children, Deborah and Jeffrey; and grandchildren, Jennifer and Stephanie.


A member of Baruch's Department of Statistics and Computer Information Systems, LESLIE CLARK died in March. He was 78 years old. He held an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, a master's degree in social psychology and sociology from Yale University, and a doctorate from the New School.


ABRAHAM E. KLEIN was a professor emeritus. He taught at the College from 1947 to 1958. Formerly of Queens, N.Y., he died peacefully in Aventura, Florida, on Dec. 29 with his wife, Thelma, and daughters, Loretta and Joan, by his side.