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Memoir

Samuel R. Hepworth
Regents' Proceedings 321

The Secretary reported with regret the untimely death of Richard Hepworth, Professor of Accounting, on January 4, 1967. The following memoir was adopted, with copies to be sent to the surviving family: It is a sad obligation to report the sudden death of Samuel Richard Hepworth, Professor of Accounting, on the fourth of this month at the age of forty-six. He was in New York City completing some inquiries in international accounting and inter-corporate development for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Professor Hepworth was born in Topeka, Kansas, and earned his baccalaureate at the University of Kansas. His graduate professional education was obtained at the University of California at Berkeley and at The University of Michigan, which conferred his doctorate upon him in 1954. By that date he had acquired also teaching experience at Ohio State, Berkeley, and Michigan, and about four years practical experience in various public accounting firms. The University appointed him an Associate Professor in 1954, and a Professor in 1958.

The courses which he taught required both broad philosophical understanding and precise technical knowledge, both of which he ably and unstintingly supplied. Numbers of accounting firms sought his counsel, and in addition he carried out invaluable research for state and national accounting associations. Through his authoritative books, articles, and texts, of which some are yet to be published and others will long be read and republished, his reputation will be further enhanced even while the loss of his personal presence is mourned.

Together with his immediate fellows in business administration, the Regents of the University mingle admiration and gratitude with their sorrow as they lament the untimely cutting off of this career still rich with promise. To Mrs. Hepworth and the Hepworth children, they would extend their deepest sympathy and would make formally known the honor in which his memory is held.