Past OSCPA Board Chairman Lowell ‘Newt’ Baker: 1926-2020

Written on Jan 14, 2021

Past OSCPA Executive Board Chairman Lowell "Newt" Baker, 94, died Dec. 15. 

He graduated from Kent State University in 1949 with an accounting degree and joined the then-small Cleveland accounting firm of Meaden & Moore, where he worked until retirement in 1996. 

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While he began his career as an auditor, he soon developed a specialty in handling business interruption claims and became a nationally recognized expert in forensic accounting. He was the managing partner of Meaden & Moore for many years and was instrumental in expanding its geographic footprint by opening offices in such places as New York and Chicago. 

Baker was very active in local, state and national accounting societies, including serving as chairman of the OSCPA Executive Board from 1976 to 1977 and as a vice president of the AICPA. In 1985, The Ohio Society of CPAs awarded him its Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to the Accounting Profession.