In Memoriam

Sidney Kess was our first Sidney and Jewel Fields Distinguished Tax Lecturer, when I was the chair of the accounting department of Wayne State University in the early 1990s. He did a great job for us, and then joined our MS in Taxation Advisory Board—adding much prestige to our emerging program.

Years later, when I received the Max Block Award for writing the best article in The CPA Journal, Sidney Kess “happened” to be sitting at my table, as he was receiving the NYSSCPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. I was pleasantly surprised about his near-perfect memory about the details of his receiving WSU’s award years earlier—especially given the many, many other honors that he had earned since then. I more than treasured his respect and friendship.

Alan Reinstein, DBA, CPA, CGMA, is the George R. Husband Professor of Accounting in the Mike Ilitch School of Business Administration, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.