In Memoriam

Accounting Professor Emeritus George J. Staubus

Accounting Professor Emeritus George J. Staubus

George J. Staubus, the Michael Chetkovich professor emeritus, died March 21 in Oakland, Calif., from bone marrow failure. He was 87.

Staubus dedicated his life’s work not only to the teaching and research of accounting but to continued improvement of the standards and practices of financial reporting. His work developing the “decision-usefulness theory of accounting” is an important contribution to financial accounting theory in the twentieth century, according to his colleagues.

Under this theory, which Staubus developed in his dissertation, the primary objective of financial reporting is to provide information that is useful in making investment decisions. The theory provides direction for all accounting and financial reporting choices.

Staubus served on the Haas accounting faculty for 40 years, from 1952 until 1992. Post-retirement, he continued to play an active role in the school’s accounting program by participating in student activities and the annual Center for Financial Reporting and Management Conference and by initiating the Berkeley Award for Distinguished Contributions to Financial Reporting and serving on the award’s selection committee.

Staubus received numerous awards over his career, including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Accounting Program at the Haas School in 2009, the school’s Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1991, “Distinguished International Lecturer” recognition by the American Accounting Association in 1982, and the Distinguished Professor Award from the California Society of Certified Public Accountants in 1981.


Reno Franceschi, BS 37
Albert Brundage, BS 38, MS 40, LLB 47
Mary Caldera, BS 38
Jane Carboni, BA 39
Clarence Coleman, BS 39
Alice Underwood, BS 39
Gorg Beech, BS 40
Max Thelen, BA 40
G Arnold Berwick, BS 41
Henry Nisbet, BS 41
Margaret Turner, BS 41
Dorothy Verwer, BS 41
Marjorie Keck, BA 42
Bernard Minsky, BS 42
Margaret Snyder, BA 43, C.Mult. 45 (Ed.)
Hal Ling, BS 43
John McInerney, BS 43
George Madeira, BS 44
Raymond Spicer, BS 44
Irving Goude, BS 50
Lawrence Lindsay, BS 46, MBA 49
Hugh Marchant, BS 46
Ann Welch, BS 46
Kenneth Bayless, BS 47
Herbert Callman, BS 47
Jack Redinger, BS 47
Thomas Borden, BS 48
William Duffel, BS 48
William Fowler, BS 48
Charles Hamilton, BS 48
Lawrence Jordan, BS 48
Leland Kolb, BS 48
Felix Merlone, BS 48
Charles Michaelis, BS 48
Stuart Burt, BS 49
Harold Larson, BS 49
Al Nathe, MBA 49
Ralph Angerbauer, BS 50
David Anker, BS 50
George Ensley, BS 50
Phyllis Sears, BS 50
George Fernbacher, BS 51
Howard Neal, BS 51
Alfred Runner, BS 51
Henry Steinmetz, BS 51
Paul Andrew, BA 52
Ira Denny, MBA 52
E. Llewellyn Overholt, BA 49, MBA 52, JD 56
Charlotte Willig, BA 52
Patricia Schoonover, BS 53
Arthur Simpson, BS 53, MBA 61
Clifton Mayne, BS 55
Barbara Wiltsek, BA 55
Ernest Batt, BS 56
Anthony Biggs, BA 56
Alan Snell, BS 56
Yoshio Nakano, BS 57
Richard Perkins, BS 57
S. Victor Nelson, BS 58
Helmy Baligh, MBA 58, PHD 63
Wade Morehouse, MBA 59, PHD 65
George Saywell, BS 60, MBA 63
Terry Cochran, BS 61, MBA 62
Reed Moyer, PHD 62
Arthur Schramm, MBA 65
Annie Chuck, BS 66
David Andrews, BA 68, JD 71
Richard Ekman, MBA 68
William Glass, BS 69, JD 72
William Raymond, BS/BA 70
Raul Ybarra, BS 72, CSNG 74
Donald Tubb, MBA 73
Henry Shields, JD 74

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