ATA Memorial Fund for the Benefit of Doctoral Education


At the February 2010 meeting, the Trustees approved the creation of an ATA Memorial Fund for the benefit of Doctoral Education. With the loss of long-time members we are reminded that the ATA created this fund to provide a vehicle for ATA members to contribute in memory of deceased ATA members and friends.

Calls for contributions

Annually, the ATA President shall solicit contributions from the membership in memory of any recent lost member(s).

Use of funds

  • Each August, the Trustees shall decide how much shall be spent during the coming fiscal year out of contributions and/or earnings received during the prior fiscal year.
  • The Doctoral Consortium Committee will determine the specific annual use of approved funds. The committee may choose to consult the surviving family member. They shall arrange for personal thank-you letters from student beneficiaries to the surviving family member(s). Possible uses could include travel costs, registration fees, or consortium materials.
  • The ATA Treasurer shall report contributions and earnings to the Trustees annually. The ATA Treasurer shall report ending balances to the membership at the Annual Meeting, but shall not disclose the amounts of contributions, earnings, or disbursements, so as to maintain confidentiality regarding which ATA members motivated contributions.

To make a contribution to ATA Section Funds

  • Go to AAA Member Dashboard and log in using your AAA Username and password.
  • Click on your name at the top right of the screen to access your Membership Dashboard.
  • Under “Online Store,” select “Make a Donation”.
  • Click on the drop-down list in the “Donate To” section, select the ATA fund you would like to donate to and indicate the amount you wish to contribute.
  • The remainder of the page should be pre-populated with your information; if it is not, please complete the items with the red stars at a minimum.
  • Select “Add to Cart” and “Pay Now”, then “Checkout” to enter your credit card information.
  • Shortly after you hit “Process Order”, you’ll receive an email receipt for your contribution that can be used for tax purposes.

Christine "Chris" Bauman

In Memoriam

On April 26, 2012, one of our long-time members, Chris Bauman, passed away following a long battle with illness. Throughout the years, Chris was very active in the ATA, serving as a trustee as well as on the Publications Committee, the Mid-Year Program Committee, the ATA/Deloitte Teaching Innovation Award Committee, the External Relations Committee, and the Regional Programs Committee. She also currently served as a member of the JLTR editorial board. 

But her most passionate service to the ATA was with regard to the Pro Bono Services Task Force, a task force which she chaired for several years. Her efforts to ensure that all taxpayers, even those without the means to afford payment, had access to expert tax preparation did not waver, as she continued to supervise the VITA program at the University of Northern Iowa through the recent tax season, even when faced with the knowledge that her treatments were no longer effective. 

Chris is survived by her husband, Mark, and son, Matthew. Our deep sympathies go out to them as well as to her colleagues at the University of Northern Iowa, who undoubtedly, like us, will greatly miss her.

ATA members may also make donations in Chris' name to the ATA Memorial Fund fbo Doctoral Education, which will help fund doctoral student travel to the ATA Doctoral Consortium.

Dan Dhaliwal

UA Eller College professor Dan Dhaliwal, one of the nation’s leading researchers in accounting, died in Houston on June 21, 2016. He was 71.
Dhaliwal, the Frances McClelland Endowed Professor of Accounting, was the head of the Department of Accounting at the Eller College of Management, a role in which he served since 1996. 

Dhaliwal came to the UA from California State University to complete his master’s and doctoral degrees in accounting. Following his graduation in 1977, he served as an assistant professor of accounting at the University of Iowa; in 1979, he joined the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a visiting research fellow. He returned to the UA in 1980 as an associate professor of accounting. He served as acting head of the accounting department in 1984-1985 and was promoted to full professor in 1986. He was appointed department head in 1996.

Dhaliwal was a frequent contributor of articles to top accounting journals and served on numerous editorial boards, including The Accounting Review and Journal of Accounting Research, the former of which he also edited from 2005-2008. He was ranked first in the nation among authors contributing to accounting literature in the areas of tax and archival tax, ranked no. 2 for archival financial, and no. 6 for financial. In 2004, he was named the American Accounting Association’s Educator of the Year. 

Charles Enis

Professor Charles R. Enis, a lifelong member of ATA, died of cancer at his home on November 25, 2015. He was 69.

Charles was an expert in taxation, public policy, and judgment and decision-making in accounting, and a faculty member for 34 years at Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University,

He was born in Baltimore and earned his undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral degrees, all from the University of Maryland.  He was also a CPA. He joined Penn State in 1981.

He authored over ninety publications, including more than thirty articles in scholarly journals such as Accounting, Organizations, and Society; Decision Sciences; the Journal of Accounting Research; and the Journal of the American Taxation Association.

Charles was devoted to his students and would try to involve them in tax law considerations drawn from his own life.  He loved to vacation in Ocean City, MD, had a home there, and drove a 1973 Eldorado convertible.  These facts were prominent in the tax cases he wrote for his students to analyze.  Were improvements to the vacation property tax deductible? How many days could the property be rented each year without attracting tax? For any tax question, Charles knew the answer, the relevant code section, and even the IRS form.

Charles’ encyclopedic knowledge extended to three other subjects: baseball, pharmaceuticals, and ballroom dancing.  He was a lifelong Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals supporter and a hard-playing member of the Smeal Accounting Department's softball team.  He served as a pharmacy specialist in the Army and Army Reserve at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. And, he loved ballroom dancing with Gloria.

Charles was buried with military honors at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.  He is survived by his wife Gloria, son Mark, daughter Megan May, and two grandchildren.

Marcel Robert Escoffier

Marcel (Marty) Robert Escoffier, age 60, passed away unexpectedly on September 15, 2009. He was an Associate Professor at Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management where he taught courses in food and beverage operations and control. He was very active in university committees and served as Chairman of the Faculty Senate for 2003‐2004. He was Editor of the FIU Hospitality Review for 2004‐2007 and authored several books and numerous articles. He was involved in several professional associations and a Past President of the Southeast Division of CHRIE (the association of hospitality and tourism school professors). He had worked in the hospitality industry for over twenty years before becoming a professor.

There are many friends among the members of the ATA, who will truly miss Marty.  He worked with his wife, Shirley (an Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Miami), and gave generously of his time, year after year, to assist ATA vice-presidents with locating hotels, planning food, and making sure ATA Midyear Meetings ran smoothly. Marty could be counted on to insure there was plenty of good food at ATA meetings, no uninvited guests, or overcharges by hotels. He was always available with a welcoming smile to answer questions, man the registration desk, and help out in any way that was needed. Marty truly contributed to the success of our meetings. The ATA and our members have lost a true friend.

Marty was the grand‐nephew of the great Chef George August Escoffier and the grandson of both a French chef and, on his mother’s side, a great saloon keeper and German chef. His hobbies included the study of comparative cuisine and food history. He enjoyed cooking romantic dinners for Shirley and traveling with her, particularly in France. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a true friend who will be greatly missed, not only by his family, but by many friends, colleagues, and students whose lives he touched. He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years and his mother, Marion.

John L. "Jack" Kramer

In Memoriam

 John L. “Jack” Kramer passed away the evening of April 17, 2013 after a long illness, surrounded by his wife, UF accounting professor Sandra Kramer and family, including his four sons.

Jack joined the University of Florida as an Associate Professor in 1980, after serving on the faculty at the University of Texas – Austin from 1975 to 1979. He earned his PhD and MBA from the University of Michigan and his BBA from University of Michigan - Dearborn.

At the University of Florida, he retired as the Arthur Andersen Professor of Accounting in the Fisher School of Accounting. He served many roles a

t the University, including Director of the Fisher School of Accounting, Associate Dean in the Warrington College of Business Administration, and as Interim Dean of the College of Business Administration in 1989-90.

Professor Kramer’s contributions to the world of tax academia are legendary. He authored numerous research papers and textbooks, served as the Editor of The Journal of the American Taxation Association and as President of the American Taxation Association. He received the ATA Ray Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award in 2001 for lifetime achievement, the highest honor of this organization of tax academics.

He leaves behind an important legacy and his contributions continue through the work of the many former students and colleagues he influenced. Any tax professor and any student of taxation owes a debt of gratitude to Jack Kramer. Former students, friends, and colleagues recently contributed more than $600,000 to endow the Jack Kramer Professorship at the University of Florida.

Jack was a friend and mentor to many. He brought rigor to the classroom and the tax literature and he always had time to help students and colleagues. And he had a wicked sense of humor, a top-notch bowling game, and an appreciation for fast cars. He had a critically important influence on the accounting programs at the University of Florida.

Ed Outslay

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Ed Outslay passed away on May 20, 2019 at age 67. Ed was the Deloitte/Michael Licata Endowed Professor of Taxation at Michigan State University's Broad College of Business.

To read the announcement from Michigan State University, please CLICK HERE.  Ed was also a longtime assistant coach for the East Lansing High School baseball team. Read more HERE.

Lawrence Phillips

In Memoriam

Lawrence C. Phillips, President of the ATA in 1981-1982, passed away on January 20, 2015 at the age of 76.  Dr. Phillips had a long accomplished career in academia and as a CPA in public accounting. He was a retired professor at the University of Miami where he served as Chair of the Department of Accounting and Interim Dean of the School of Business Administration.  Dr. Phillips served the ATA in a multitude of roles for over 40 years.  His enthusiasm for teaching tax and his wisdom will be missed. He is survived by his wife, Kay Tatum, an accounting professor at the University of Miami. 

Dave Stewart

Dave Nelson Stewart, our beloved husband, father, and grandfather returned to his Heavenly Father on November 3, 2016 in Provo, Utah.  He was the fourth of six children born to Carma and Alden Stewart on June 21, 1952. Dave grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and graduated from Ed W. Clark High School. He received a Masters degree in Accounting at Brigham Young University and a PhD from the University of Florida.  It was during his time at BYU that he met and fell in love with Jane Ferry.  They were sealed on July 19, 1974 in the Logan, Utah Temple.  Together they raised six children and are expecting their 26th grandchild this month.  

Dave had a strong work ethic and desire to serve his students.  After attaining his PhD, Dave taught in the Marriott School of Management at BYU for 36 years.  During his tenure there, he was very involved with the student organization Beta Alpha Psi where he acted as faculty advisor and regional director.   He received many awards during his career including the Marriott School Outstanding Faculty Award, UACPA’s Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2016 Merrill J. Bateman Student Choice Award. One of the things he valued most from his time at BYU was the close relationships he developed with his colleagues who he had lunch with daily even during the last days of his battle with cancer. 

Being physically active was an important part of Dave’s life. At a young age he enjoyed golf and later developed a love for biking and spent many hours riding his bike with family and friends.  His children have fond memories of training with him for marathons, triathlons and LOTOJA, a 206 mile bike race, which he completed 11 times.

Paramount in Dave’s life was his service to his church and family.  Dave had a strong testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which he exemplified to his children and grandchildren.  He served as a full-time missionary for the LDS church in the England Central Mission, held numerous church callings, and was a dedicated home teacher.  

Above all, Dave loved his family. He nurtured a close relationship with each of his children and grandchildren.  Spending time with family was a top priority for him and he provided many opportunities for his family to be together.  Whether it was traveling, having Sunday dinners or impromptu family lunches, Dave’s greatest joy was being with his family. 

John Doyle Phillips, Jr.

August 7, 1958 - May 15, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share the news that John Phillips passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020. John received his BS and MPA from The University of Texas at Austin, and his PhD from The University of Iowa. He spent his entire career as a faculty member at the University of Connecticut, from 1999 until his early retirement in 2016.

John was a gifted researcher, teacher, and mentor. He was a recipient of the American Taxation Association/PricewaterhouseCoopers Outstanding Dissertation Award, the American Taxation Association (ATA)/Deloitte Innovation in Teaching Award, and served as the editor of The Journal of American Taxation Association. In 2015, he received the ATA’s Ray Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award and directed the funds to help establish an endowment for the accounting PhD program at UConn. 

Please hold Amy Dunbar, and the rest of John’s family, in your thoughts. 

To read the John's obituary please CLICK HERE.

Amy has asked that in lieu of flowers you consider a donation to the John D. Phillips Doctoral Award

Letter from the President

Dear ATA Members and Colleagues,

The American Taxation Association (ATA) is home to a broad group of members with interests in tax research, policy, practice, and education. We are transitioning out of the pandemic and reconnecting in person with our colleagues. We are also focusing on expanding our outreach. Most notably, we should be proud that the ATA is a leader within the AAA by being the first section to establish a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to reach out to underrepresented minorities and PhD students, and encourage their attendance and participation at our conferences and association. I especially thank members Kirsten Cook and Erin Towery for their service in setting up the ATA DEI Committee. I also thank Shirley Dennis-Escoffier for her continued financial support through the Marty Escoffier Memorial Fund to support doctoral students broadly and, now, backing DEI initiatives as well through the fund. We are especially grateful to Shirley for her steadfast support as we expand our ability to ensure a bright and inclusive future for all our members.

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