Professor Alvin H. Lieberman, born on November 17, 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio, passed away on April 15, 2020 after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease and dementia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Blanche and Joseph Lieberman and his late in-laws, Theona and William Solomon. He is survived by his wife, Rochelle; sons, Robert and Joseph Lieberman and sister, Roberta Seifert (Robert). Alvin's tireless work ethic and dedication to serving others was evident throughout his life. He was devoted first and foremost to the wellbeing of his family including his parents, wife, children, sister and brother-in-law. He taught for 49 years at the University of Akron and also worked in two different family businesses, The Summit Leather Company and The City News Agency. Professor Lieberman earned a BS in Accounting (1960), a JD (1964), and an MBA (1969) at The University of Akron as well as his CPA prior to starting his academic career in the Fall of 1967. He retired as an associate professor in 2016 after a long and distinguished career. A beloved and highly respected professor, he taught taxation and accounting principles classes during most of his tenure. He was the creator, along with Professor Dennis Gordon, of the University's Master of Taxation program in 1979 and coordinated the program for more than three decades. Professor Lieberman also created the National Tax Conference, an outreach activity of the Master of Taxation (MTax) in 1979 and managed that conference for more than four decades. The conference is now named in his honor (The National Tax Conference in Honor of Al Lieberman) and a graduate student scholarship is being created to honor his founding and management of the conference as well as the MTax program. He also founded the International Tax Conference which he managed for over a decade. Professor Lieberman taught thousands of accounting and tax students during his distinguished career and served as a mentor for many junior faculty as well. Students who took his classes were always assured (1) they would have an outstanding learning experience; (2) they could visit with him at any time when he was not in the classroom; (3) they could call him on his home or cell phone if they needed help; (4) he would offer professional advice related to their prospective careers in accounting with empathy and care; and (5) he would proactively seek out help for them when he was not able to personally assist. He was instrumental in the creation of a pay-it-forward scholarship for the surprisingly high number of students who were unable to purchase required textbooks in his accounting principles classes. He always insisted that students would perform way better in his class if they only would read the assigned material prior to attending class. Accordingly, he would never permit a student with need to go without a textbook in his classes. In total, he was affiliated with the University for more than five decades. He was proud of his relationship with The University of Akron and was always a loyal alumnus, professor, and emeritus member of the University community. As much satisfaction and pleasure as these responsibilities gave him, he would tell you his most important job, and the one that gave him the most happiness and in which he took the most pride, was that of parent and husband. While he did not possess many hobbies, he derived great fulfillment from his children and their experiences. Alvin's greatest joys and memories in life almost always involved his family in some way. Alvin was known as a kind, generous, humble, patient, and loving person. Though he also had a wonderful sense of humor, he would be less than thrilled with the amount of detail provided here. A true gentleman, he did not seek nor relish in any attention focused on him personally but rather wanted those around him to flourish. He was a blessing in the lives of so many. The family thanks the staff of the Village of St. Edward for the kindness and care given to Alvin the past three years. The family also thanks Alvin's personal caregivers for the love and care they provided for his journey as well. Private services will take place for the family and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of food and flowers, the family requests, if one so desires, that contributions be made to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2020.