Akron accounting pioneer Alvin Lieberman, CPA: 1937-2020

Written on Apr 30, 2020

Accounting professor and past OSCPA member Alvin H. Lieberman, CPA, JD, MBA, died April 15.

Born Nov. 17, 1937 in Cleveland,  Professor Lieberman created The University of Akron’s Master of Taxation Program in 1979, along with Professor Dennis Gordon. He also played a large role in the creation of the pay-it-forward scholarship, a grant for students who could not afford the necessary textbooks for their accounting classes.

In addition, Professor Lieberman founded The University of Akron’s annual International Tax Conference, and its annual National Tax Conference, which has since been named in his honor.

Professor Lieberman received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1960, a Juris Doctorate in 1964, and his Master of Business Administration in 1969 – all at The University of Akron. He also earned his CPA prior to starting his academic career in the fall of 1967. Throughout his 49-year career at The University of Akron, Professor Lieberman taught thousands of student’s taxation and accounting principles and gave back to the pipeline by creating multiple programs and scholarships to benefit students for over four decades.

He is survived by his wife, Rochelle; sons Robert and Joseph Lieberman; and sister, Roberta Siefert (Robert). Memorial contributions may be made to the Canton-Akron Food Bank



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  1. Rosalie | May 22, 2020
    Beautiful article about Alvin! I know how much he was liked & thought of at the University! 
  2. Jan Kotila | Apr 30, 2020
    Al was an extraordinary man who was also very genuine.  He cared about everything- his family, his students, his friends, tax accounting, and teaching.  He had patience and kindness and intelligence.  He was respectful, always, to everyone.  Knowing him helped me understand I needed to be better.  His humility was legend, he loved a good story, and he wanted each and every student he came across to succeed, to embrace life, and make commitments.  I will remember him all the days of my life, and I will miss him.  He was a man of integrity, the likes of which we rarely see.  

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