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Profession Mourns Ben Neuhausen

Aug 6th 2009
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The accounting and auditing profession lost a great leader on July 31, when Ben Neuhausen, National Director of Accounting at BDO Seidman LLP, and former chairman of the AICPA's Accounting Standards Executive Committee (AcSEC), passed away at the age of 59 after a long illness. Earlier in his career Neuhausen was a partner in the Professional Standards Group with Arthur Andersen and a FASB Practice Fellow.

In May, Neuhausen received an AICPA Special Recognition Award in honor of his outstanding contributions to accounting standard-setting. (See: Neuhausen Recognized for Contributions to Standard-Setting , Journal of Accountancy, June 2009.)

The Voice of Clarity, Common Sense
In a statement issued on August 3, Jack Weisbaum, CEO of BDO Seidman, said:

“All of us at BDO Seidman are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, Ben Neuhausen. His technical knowledge and high ethical standards were a very valuable resource to our firm. In a time of increasing complexity, Ben was the voice of clarity and common sense."

Although I never met Neuhausen, except perhaps in a large meeting or conference, I found his remarks in testimony at public meetings and in articles he had written to illustrate that he not only had mastered technically complex issues, but also that he was an articulate advocate of -as described by the BDO CEO - clarity and common sense. Read more about Neuhausen here.

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