Academic journal article The Accounting Historians Journal

Leonard M Savoie: Words from the Past, Thoughts for Today

Academic journal article The Accounting Historians Journal

Leonard M Savoie: Words from the Past, Thoughts for Today

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Donald E. Tidrick, (ed.), Leonard M. Savoie: Words from the Past, Thoughts for Today (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1995, 288 pp., $55)

This collection of 26 previously unpublished speeches by Leonard M. Savoie gives a clear picture of the issues confronting the accounting profession during the 1960s and 1970s from the perspective of a thoughtful and principled accounting professional. A 1946 graduate of the University of Illinois, Leonard Savoie became a partner in Price Waterhouse in 1960. He was partner-in-charge of accounting research and education when, in 1967, he left the firm to become the executive vice-president of the American Institute of CPAs, succeeding John L. Carey in a position later retitled president. In 1972, Savoie left the Institute to become controller and vice-president of Clark Equipment Company, a position he held until 1980. In that year, he became a professor of accountancy at Notre Dame University where, from 1983 to 1990, he served as chair of the Department of Accountancy. He died in 1991.

Leonard Savoie was a widely respected and most effective spokesperson on accounting issues. He delivered over 160 speeches and published approximately 50 articles during a career that spanned accounting practice, accounting regulation, and accounting academe. A career of such breadth and visibility was rare for its time and is even rarer today, a fact that is documented by testimonials from several of his well-known associates which are published with these speeches. This collection is divided into three sections -- Reports to the Council of the AICPA, General Professional Issues, and Accounting Standard Setting. In addition, the appendices present lists of his speeches and publications. …

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