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Society Past President Benjamin E.
Cohen (1979-80), a former partner with
BlumShapiro,
passed
away
on
September 26, 2011. Ben, retired, had
relocated with his wife Shiela to Arizona.
Ben led the profession on both the
local and national stages, having
chaired or served on numerous
CSCPA and AICPA committees, as
well as a member of AICPA Council.
Ben also served as a trustee of the
Society's Educational Trust Fund. For
his career contributions to the profes-
sion, his peers recognized him in
1983 with the CSCPA Meritorious
Service Award.
Ben did indeed serve his profession as
a tireless organizer and promoter of all
things CSCPA. "When Ben called,"
one saying went, "it wasn't a question
of if you were going to buy a table at
an event, it was a question of how
many
tables you were going to buy for
that event."
Ben's cheerleading and fundraising tal-
ents bore direct relation to his love of
the profession and doing the right thing.
In 1975, when funding for Community
Accounting Aid and Services (CAAS)
lagged, an active solicitation headed by
Ben resulted in 13 firms contributing
both funds and volunteers.
Ben became known as the chief propo-
nent of mandatory continuing profes-
sional education for CPAs well before it
became law. He also played a role in the
eventual setting of standards applicable
to unaudited financial statements of
smaller and closely held companies,
which resulted in the creation of the
AICPA's Accounting and Review
Services Committee. This committee
was responsible for issuance of the
Statements of Standards for Accounting
and Review Services (SSARS), recog-
nizing the additional levels of assurance
by CPAs below an audit.
Ben's
obituary
mentioned
that
"... contributions to Hospice of the
Valley, 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ
85014 are appreciated."
Contributions can also be made in
Ben's memory to the CSCPA
Educational Trust Fund. Simply visit
www.cscpa.org/donate.
In Memoriam:
CSCPA Past President Benjamin E. Cohen
By Mark Zampino, Publisher
Ben (right) in his Nor'easter Slicker "President's Hat," presented to him upon his inauguration in
Cape Cod. Ben had just presented his successor, Joseph P. Germain Jr., with his headgear, a
Hawaiian Planter's hat.
Ben (front row, third from left) takes notes during one of the many CSCPA continuing professional
education sessions resulting from his advocacy for mandatory CPE.