Alvin H. Lieberman
1937 - 2020
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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.



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Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2020.
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April 23, 2020
Dear Rochelle and family,
Tom and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. You were very devoted to him over his long illness. The obituary you wrote was so beautiful and depicted a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cindy and Tom Gable
April 21, 2020
Dr Liberman was a great person to work with. My his family remember all the good times you had with him. My God give you strength at this difficult time
Emma Campbell
April 20, 2020
Rochelle & family,

I was saddened to learn the news about Alvin. We were colleagues at the University where I taught in the Law School and he in the Business School. As the years progressed we managed to meet at Tony Ciraldo's barber shop and catch up on the news. I always looked forward to seeing him as he always had something interesting to share with me.
Richard Grant
April 20, 2020
My condolences to Rochelle and family. Al was a special man and an exceptional educator. It was Al's guidance and counsel (including during several calls taken on his home phone) that ultimately led me to Akron law. It is not an exaggeration to say I would not be where I am today without Al. I will be forever grateful for his personal attention to my academic and professional careers, and his decades of selfless service to the University of Akron. May his memory be eternal.
Jon Stefanik
April 20, 2020
You are in our hearts and prayers, Rochelle. We met you and Alvin at St. Edwards when Garys dad Richard was there. We looked forward to seeing you and Alvin (Al) when we came to visit our dad. You were both such a breath of fresh air...we loved coming in to that small room (more privacy to sit and talk, usually while Alvin was eating). Our conversations were always so interesting. You touched our hearts ♥ Our time at St. Eds was enriched by having met you and having shared time with both of you. I know Alvin was deeply loved and revered by all those who were blessed to meet him (especially his students). We were saddened to hear of his passing...we know it was a long journey (blessed was he to have you by his side every step of the way). Please know that you and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Thank you Rochelle, for sharing Alvin with us. Most Sincerely, Robin and Gary Rouse
Robin Rouse
Acquaintance
April 20, 2020
My condolences to the Lieberman family. Alvin was always a pleasure to deal with at Summit Leather. He surely will be missed.
Greg Lalli
April 19, 2020
I had the pleasure of getting to share many moments and stories with Alvin and Bob at Summit Leather. As their UPS driver I spent much time at their business. It was a pleasure getting to know them both. My prayers and condolences go out to your entire family at this time. I was saddened to hear of Alvin's passing. He was a very good man and I am sure he will be greatly missed.
David Paolucci
April 19, 2020
May God bless all the Liebermans. I will miss your smiling faces and wonderful conversations. til we meet again.
Mary StClair
April 19, 2020
Rochelle and Family,
I will so much miss seeing you and mostly miss seeing Alvin. He was the kindest man and had a heart of gold.God Bless all of you.

Nora Stadler
April 19, 2020
Rest in peace, Dr. Lieberman. I was in your Accounting 101 class in the fall of 1967. Must have been one of your first classes. You were a great teacher! I became an accounting teacher at North High School. Thank you for all your work.
James Kaiser
April 19, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Doctor Lieberman's family over their loss. He was my professor of Taxation at the U of A when I was working on my Accounting degree. I remember, along with another one of his students, running in to him and his family in a restaurant in New York. We recognized him right away and we just had to say hello. He was so gracious and he introduced us to his family. It brought back fond memories of my college days. He made a really boring class interesting and no doubt he was one of my better instructors. A great guy that we will all miss.
David Adante
April 18, 2020
Our prayers and thoughts for the Lieberman family. We love you guys.
Greg and Gretchen Fiocca
Greg Fiocca
April 18, 2020
My sincere condolences to the entire Lieberman family. Professor Lieberman, or Al as I now prefer to call him, was my Tax professor back in 1977 and 1978. I thoroughly enjoyed his classes and teaching style and then got to know him on a more personal level throughout the years. I probably crossed paths with Al at banquets or seminars just about every year over the last 40 plus years and he always met me with a smile and a warm greeting. One of the nicest guys I've ever known. RIP my friend.
Tony Cox
April 18, 2020
I remember Dr. Lieberman well from the years I served as secretary to The College of Business, Department of Accounting (1974 to mid-1976). He was always there for his students, always cheerful, and always kind to all. He was a good man to work with.
Marcia Hansen Drayer
April 18, 2020
Rochelle, throughout the years I have followed Alvin's career and life from JoEllen and Joe. So sorry he suffered these past years. He was always a true gentleman and I so enjoyed reading his obituary. My condolences to all your family.
Sincerely, Sue Geiger Danford
Sue Danford
April 17, 2020
Dear Roxanne and family,

Al and I came to the University the same day and attended the new faculty orientation together. From the beginning to the last time I saw him at The Village of St. Edward, he never changed. He preserved the cherished qualities that define a man of sterling character and a brilliant mind, both intertwined into a humble and loving human being.

His loss to acaemia is overridden only by his loss to his family who will carry on his legacy of goodness. His former students will amplify what they learned from him and will enrich the world with contributions for generations to come.

Our prayers are with you as you endure the lonliness without him in the days to come.

Blessings to all.

Caesar and Lynda Carrino
Caesar Carrino
April 17, 2020
Such a wonderful tribute to a man who simply was more interested in you than himself. A warm smile, actually that is what we remember most.Respected by so many, and rightfully so. His memory will always be a blessing .
Richard Lieberman
Family
April 17, 2020
Rochelle and family,

Sharon and I send our thoughts and prayers your way! While we never had the pleasure of meeting Alvin, your love of him was so evident whenever we would talk with you while gardening, etc. While losing anyone is always difficult, at least Alvin is now at peace and the family can be relieved he is no longer suffering. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you during this time of loss and in the future.
Sharon and Terry Dalton
April 17, 2020
Rochelle and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss.
Al was very loved by students, faculty and staff.
A true gentleman scholar.
He will be missed.
Many prayers,
Nancy Stott
April 17, 2020
Mr. Lieberman was a fantastic professor and
I'm saddened to hear of his passing. He's the reason I switched majors to Accounting. He approached me one day before class and said I see you're not an accounting major. You seem to have a natural ability for accounting. You can do anything with an accounting degree that you can with a Finance degree, but not vice versa. Accounting is a great field. You should consider switching. So I did. And I'm grateful for it.
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