Accounting Hall of Fame 1997 Induction: Thomas Junior Burns

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Accounting Hall of Fame 1997 Induction: Thomas Junior Burns


Jensen, Daniel L., Bailey, Andrew D., Jr., The Accounting Historians Journal


August 18, 1997

Dallas, Texas

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THOMAS

JUNIOR

BURNS

CITATION

written by

Daniel L. Jensen

The Ohio State University

read by

Andrew D. Bailey, Jr.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This dedicated teacher of accounting was a mentor to countless undergraduate and graduate students and creatively shaped the university and organizations in which he worked.

He was born in Arena, Wisconsin in 1923, and grew up in a small town near Madison. He played football in high school and graduated at the top of his class. Following high school, he enrolled as a part-time student at the University of Wisconsin working full-time for Gisholt Machine Company to assist financially his sister in attending college. In March 1943, he entered military service and served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. He returned to the University of Wisconsin in December 1945, where he completed a degree in accounting and American history at the University of Wisconsin. Following graduation in 1948 and a brief stint with the Wisconsin Department of Taxation, he became controller for Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and, in 1952, became a CPA. In addition to the responsibilities of controller, the post included an opportunity to teach the beginning accounting course. Teaching in this small liberal arts school kindled his interest in teaching and, in 1955, he entered the University of Michigan to pursue graduate work. He received an MBA degree in 1957. Following a year on the accounting faculty at Southern Illinois University, he entered the University of Minnesota where he earned a Ph.D. in accounting under the direction of Carl L. Nelson.

In 1963, he accepted a position at The Ohio State University as Associate Professor of Accounting. Except for brief visiting appointments at Stanford University, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the University of California Berkeley, he spent the remainder of his academic career at Ohio State, where he was promoted to professor of accounting in 1967 and served as department chair from 1977 to 1981.

He was totally dedicated to Ohio State's accounting students and programs. …

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