Academic journal article The Accounting Historians Journal

In Memoriam, a Scottish Eulogy

Academic journal article The Accounting Historians Journal

In Memoriam, a Scottish Eulogy

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DAVID A.R. FORRESTER

(1928-2009)

David was educated at St. Andrews and Oxford Universities. Having been involved in post-war Germany in U.K. military initiatives to promote the rebuilding of international relations, he became fluent in German and acquired an abiding interest in German culture and concern for Jewish refugees. After a short period in industry and some lecturing in further education, by which time he had qualified as a management accountant, David began the researching and teaching career at Strathclyde which constituted his life's work, remaining from 1964 to 1994.

Davids research publications had an incredibly wide range. They covered late-Medieval and Renaissance accounting (Scottish included), the evolution of printed financial reports, the development of university audits, European state accounting of the Enlightenment (Cameralism), early railway accounting, the evolution of modern French accounting, the work of Schmalenbach, and the emergence of cash-flow accounting.

Such was his range that he even published an essay on "the Myth of the Lad o'Pairts in Scots Literature" in a book on the distinctiveness of Scottish university education. …

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