Accounting Classroom Dedicated in Honor of Longtime Professor
It’s been more than two decades since John Gehman’s retirement from Moravian College, but the legend of the associate professor emeritus of accounting continues to carry on both in Comenius Hall classrooms and accounting firms near and far. In recognition of Gehman’s 37 years of service at Moravian, the College dedicated Comenius Hall’s room 213 in his name at a March 23 reception prior to the Accounting Club’s annual awards ceremony. (Photos from the reception and ceremony can be viewed here.)
“John was famous for making students get serious about the accounting profession,” explained James West, professor of economics and management and chair of the Department of Economics and Business, at the reception. “He was beloved by the students who were serious about accounting, and feared by those who weren’t.”
West credits Gehman for starting the department’s tradition of having accounting professors who ensure that students find internships, jobs and a good place in the community. “This is a legacy that was started by John because John always cared about the students,” West added.
According to John Rossi III, associate professor of accounting, the John Gehman Classroom of Accounting will be renovated during summer 2014, outfitted with new technology and furniture, creating a new collaborative learning space. During the reception, a plaque was unveiled that will be displayed in the classroom. (The plaque’s inscription can be read below.)
During the reception, West reflected on Gehman’s tumultuous path to Moravian, and the legendary status he achieved on campus.
Before his arrivial at Moravian as a part-time professor, Gehman served in the army in World War II and was discharged honorably due to a severe head injury, which left him in a coma for nearly four months. While his doctors didn’t expect a full recovery, Gehman made an astonishing rebound and pursued his bachelor’s degree.
After graduating from Muhlenberg College in 1950, he led a distinguished career at Moravian where he was instrumental in establishing and advising the Amrhein Loan Fund and the Amrhein Investment Club.
ABOVE: Kasey M. Walker ’05, senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, was recognized with the 'Young Accounting Alumni Award' on March 23.
ABOVE: Michael Popowycz ’78, vice chairman and chief financial officer at Case Farms, Inc., was presented with the 'Pinnacle Award' at the Accounting Club awards ceremony.
West recalled Gehman thrived a preparing “students to take their first steps into professional life,” and could be creative in his approach.
“John was famous for putting drop slips on the first exams of a course,” West laughed. “And he enjoyed reading some of his favorite students" – which could be critical. “He really disciplined the students to be good accountants," West added.
Following the Gehman reception, the Accounting Club held its awards ceremony, recognizing Michael Popowycz ’78, vice chairman and chief financial officer at Case Farms, Inc., with the “Pinnacle Award” and Kasey M. Walker ’05, senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, with the “Young Accounting Alumni Award.”
While accepting the Pinnacle Award, Popowycz thanked Gehman for the instruction and support he received as a student.
“You provided me with a lot of encouragement; a lot of advice,” Popowycz explained. “The way you taught the accounting classes made it easy for me. I didn’t understand science, but once I got to accounting, business and economics, things really started to click for me.”
John Gehman Classroom of Accounting Plaque Reads:
Associate Professor Emeritus of Accounting, Moravian College
Professor John Gehman began his career at Moravian College as a part-time instructor of accounting in November 1949 and retired as a full-time assistant professor of economics and accounting in October 1992.
John served in the army in World War II and was discharged honorably due to a severe injury. After graduating from Muhlenberg College in 1950, he led a distinguished career at Moravian where he was instrumental in establishing and advising the Amrhein Loan Fund and the Amrhein Investment Club. He also served as the advisor to Epsilon Beta Alpha, the business fraternity.
This classroom is named in honor of Professor Gehman’s 37 years of service at Moravian College. The individuals who made this dedication possible are former Moravian students of John’s who owe their success in the accounting field to Professor Gehman’s guidance and instruction.
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