Academic journal article Accounting Historians Journal

In Memoriam: Celebrating the Life of Bill Samson

Academic journal article Accounting Historians Journal

In Memoriam: Celebrating the Life of Bill Samson

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WILLIAM DONALD SAMSON (1947-2005)

Bill was a big man. Yet, even in Alabama's football stadium, you would know of his presence, hearing him without seeing him. He was an asset to every gathering. Richard Vangermeersch recollects how Bill and Joni were the lives of the party, from Australia to the U.K., and all points between.

Bill was a man of fierce loyalties--to Joni, of course, to Alabama, to accounting history and the Academy he once headed, to the multitude of his friends. Who else would have been able to make accounting history a front page story of the Wall Street Journal? Who else could have shamed his more conservative co-authors on the U.S. railroading project into wearing engineering caps at their presentations? Perhaps Bill's reverence for his mentor, Paul Garner, exemplifies his loyalty and his respect for the past.

Bill was one of the biggest hearted men I have ever had the privilege to know. Just ask the stray cats and dogs he and Joni rescued and welcomed into their home. …

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