Barry E. Cushing – In Memoriam. Cushing of Salt Lake City, Utah, died March 1 after a four-year battle with GIST. He was 59. Colleagues at the University of Utah, where he taught accounting, hailed him as a “distinguished professor” who made a lasting impression on his students, fellow professors and co-workers. Jack Brittain, dean of the university’s David Eccles School of Business, said Cushing helped establish university’s School of Accounting as one of the top programs in the West. The school’s stature today is Cushing’s academic legacy, which included hiring dedicated scholars with excellent research skills who are committed to students, Brittain said. “This was Dr. Cushing’s vision, and the school’s ongoing achievements are an important legacy,” Brittain told the Salt Lake Tribune. Cushing joined the faculty in 1977. He served as chairman of the Accounting Department from 1982 to 1985, leaving in 1986 for a position at Pennsylvania State University. He returned to Salt Lake City in 1991, and was named university’s David Eccles Professor of Accounting in 1996. He was born July 6, 1945, in Lansing, Mich., to William and Abigail Cushing. He graduated with honors from Grand Ledge High School and studied accounting at Michigan State University, obtaining his bachelor of arts degree with high honors in 1966, and his doctorate in 1969. He married his lifetime partner, Cherry Lee Barker, on June 25, 1966. Barry celebrated his life by traveling around the world with his family. He showed his passion for being a professor by authoring numerous textbooks and research articles. Barry received various national and university awards recognizing the excellence of his research and teaching contributions. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dennis (Kristin) and Andy; two daughters, Becky and Christy; brothers, Eldon (Maxine) and William (Marion), and grandchildren Travis, Kady, and Camden. The Cushing family has expressed sincere thanks to both The Huntsman Cancer Institute and VistaCare hospice for their excellent care. A celebration of life was held March 5 at the home of his dear friend, Professor D. Gerald Searfoss. Donations in Barry’s name are preferred to The Huntsman Cancer Institute or to VistaCare hospice.

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