Baruch Professor Emeritus Abe Briloff
Wows 'Em at Sigma Alpha Delta Dinner

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Sigma Alpha Delta, the Baruch honor society that traces its origins back to 1932, is proud of its illustrious alumni many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in business and the professions. Several alumni, along with some faculty members, turned up at Sigma Alpha Delta’s annual dinner for new candidates, held this year on November 30, 2006. One of those attending was Abe Briloff, Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Accountancy who graduated in 1937. As frequently happens when Professor Briloff takes the podium, the audience was mesmerized.

Tongue firmly planted in cheek, Briloff, began his remarks by pointing out that the average age of those inducted with him into Sigma Alpha Delta 71 years ago, and was “deceased.” Describing his arrival at Baruch from the obscurity of Williamsburg in 1934, he portrayed himself as the callow youth who aspired to nothing more than to become a “bookkeeper.” Baruch, in the person of his teacher, the great Emanuel L. Saxe, transformed his vision and his life.

“Manny Saxe implanted within me. . .that ethical compass that tells me even now that matters of accountancy turn into matters of accountability, which is the critical challenge and the standard that we must carry with us,” Briloff said. Briloff went on to describe the education he received at Baruch as “a great, generous, glorious inheritance. It is that inheritance that I want to pass on to you and through you to subsequent generations,” he told the audience.

“Memorable” and “inspiring,” were the words Sigma Alpha Delta President Ravi Gill used to describe Professor Briloff’s remarks. Approximately 160 new candidates for induction attended the dinner, held in the 14th floor conference room of the Vertical Campus.

Pledged to uphold the twin principles of scholarship and service, Sigma Alpha Delta organizes and supports a wide range of activities on the Baruch campus, including the “Light the Night” fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, during which members participated in a nighttime walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Sigma Alpha Delta is also instrumental in mounting the Oxford Debate, now in its fourth year on campus. In past years the society helped to organize freshman orientation and the used book exchange.

 

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