Abraham J. Briloff ('37, MSEd '41) Elected to Accounting Hall of Fame

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NEW YORK, NY- June 5, 2014 – Abraham J. Briloff (’37, MSEd ’41), Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Professor of Accountancy Emeritus at Baruch College, was recently elected to the Accounting Hall of Fame at Ohio State University. Briloff, who passed away December 2013 at the age of 96, was elected by the Board of Nominations for his dedication and hard work in the field of accountancy.

The Accounting Hall of Fame was established by the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University in 1950 for the purpose of honoring accountants who have made or are making significant contributions to the advancement of accounting since the beginning of the 20th century. Through 2013, 91 leading accountants from the United States and other countries have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

To the world at large, Abraham Briloff was one of the most significant accountants of the last century: In June 2012, when he was about to celebrate his 95th birthday, The Journal of Accountancy named him among the “125 People of Impact in Accounting.” His writings were prodigious and influential, including four books: Effectiveness of Accounting Communication; Unaccountable Accounting; More Debits Than Credits: The Burnt Investors' Guide to Financial Statements; and The Truth About Corporate Accounting. For three decades, he wrote a column for Barron’s in which he frequently discussed irregular accounting practices. His expertise also put him in demand as a speaker: on numerous occasions, he testified before accounting and governmental bodies. Briloff's work—steeped in the humanist tradition—earned him the title “the Philosopher-King of Accountants.”

Born and educated in New York City, Briloff earned a BBA and an MSEd from City College/Baruch in 1937 and 1941, respectively. Upon mentor Emanuel Saxe’s invitation, Briloff  joined Baruch’s accountancy faculty in 1944, later earning a doctorate in accountancy and taxation from New York University in 1965. In 1976 he was named the Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Professor of Accountancy, a title (with an appended “emeritus”) that he held until his death. He also served as a Baruch College Fund Trustee from 1969 to 1974 and was, at his death, a Trustee Emeritus.

Briloff’s contributions and dedication to Baruch continue to be remembered. In 1995 Baruch alumnus Charles Dreifus funded the Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics, awarded annually to a faculty member and a student. Additionally, Baruch’s Newman Library hosts the Briloff Archive, an electronic compilation of his scholarly papers, articles, and letters.

Memorial gifts are also being accepted to grow the Abraham Briloff Scholarship Fund, which was established in honor of Prof. Briloff’s 95th birthday in 2012.

 

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About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141, manuel.romero@baruch.cuny.edu
Mercedes Sanchez, (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu
Celene McDermott, (646) 660-6134, celene.mcdermott@baruch.cuny.edu

 

 

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About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.