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TCPA Past President Michael
R. Redemske of Avon passed
away Saturday, July 26 at his
home. Born in Chicago, IL, he was
raised in Chicago and received his B.S.
from the University of Illinois at Urba-
na-Champaign and his M.S.T. from
DePaul University. Michael served in
the 107th Finance Battalion of the U.S.
Army during the Vietnam War. After the
war he became a CPA and joined Price
Waterhouse where he worked for more
than 25 years, eventually becoming a
managing tax partner. He then joined
the faculty at the University of Con-
necticut (UConn) School of Business,
teaching tax accounting.
Michael served the CTCPA as presi-
dent, president-elect, treasurer, and
secretary, and as a member of the
Board of Governors. He served as
chair of the committees on Bylaws, An-
nual Service Award, Executive Educa-
tion Review, Membership, Nominating,
Uniform Accountancy Act, and Gov-
ernmental Affairs.
"Mike's leadership at the Society was
critical in helping the organization ne-
gotiate challenging times," said CTCPA
Executive Director Art Renner. "Mike
was both an agent for change and a
pragmatist at the same time. Simply
stated, he was an accomplished pro-
fessional. I enjoyed knowing him as
well as working with him. I will always
think of Mike as an ally and a friend."
As an instructor-in-residence at UCo-
nn, Michael oversaw student work on
the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assis-
tance (VITA) program.
"Mike always volunteered for tasks be-
yond the requirements of his job," said
UConn School of Business Professor
of Accounting and Department Head
Dr. Mohamed Hussein. "He devel-
oped a one-credit tax course to be the
foundation of our VITA program, which
he advised. The quality of [the UConn
VITA] work is so high that the IRS sent
an executive to observe how the work
is done so as to share those practices
with other schools."
Michael also took over the leadership
of a project funded by the Depart-
ment of Higher Education to develop
literacy. "Mike worked with a unit of
CPTV and faculty from several depart-
ments to develop a course accessible
to young people," Hussein explained.
"His wise counsel and calm demeanor
helped us improve our undergradu-
ate and M.S. in accounting programs.
More importantly, he is a great friend
who lightened any setting with his
warm smile and funny anecdotes."
"Mike made UConn his passion after
retirement from Price Waterhouse,"
said CTCPA Past President Dr.
Lawrence Gramling, associate dean
for undergraduate programs at the
UConn School of Business. "He su-
pervised a number of honors theses
for students who were interested in tax
as a topic and inspired many young
students to become tax academics."
"During my six-year tenure at De-
loitte, every single tax student who we
brought on from UConn had attribut-
ed choosing tax based on how much
they enjoyed Professor Redemske's
class," explained former student
Frank Murphy, who is currently pur-
suing a Ph.D. in accounting from the
University of Arizona. "If it were not
for him, I might have not been ex-
posed to tax research and taken the
path I'm currently on."
In his free time, Michael enjoyed play-
ing golf, reading, cheering on his
grandchildren in their sporting activi-
ties, and taking long road trips with
his wife Mary Jo. Contributions in his
memory may be made to the Wound-
ed Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517,
Topeka, KS 66675.
CTCPA Mourns Loss of Past President,
UConn Instructor Michael R. Redemske
CTCPA File Photo: Michael Redemske (left) begins his 2001-2002 CTCPA presidential term by
presenting the "Award of the Ribbons" to outgoing President Lawrence Gramling.
Connecticut CPA
September/October 2014