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Grand Valley remembers longtime accounting professor

  • Faculty and staff members from the Seidman College of Business are pictured in this 2008 photo, celebrating a scholarship established by Richard Veazey (seated at center).

Posted on October 05, 2009

Richard Veazey, associate professor of accounting and taxation, died Sunday, October 4. He was 68.

Veazey began working for Grand Valley in 1979, and celebrated 30 years of service to the university in early September.

Last fall, Veazey established a scholarship that will help accounting students who are pursuing master's degrees get into the field faster. At that time, Veazey said establishing the scholarship was important, as he noticed how difficult it was for students to combine a work schedule and accounting classes.

H. James Williams, dean of the Seidman College of Business, said Veazey's gift is testament to his devotion to students and their well-being. "He wanted them to succeed, and he knew that if he could help one student a year through this scholarship, it would make a difference. We are extremely grateful for that gift," Williams said.

The Seidman College of Business accounting program is among the top programs in Michigan; students have the second highest pass rates on licensure exams.

Veazey earned a bachelor's degree from Ferris State College, master's of business administration from Central Michigan University, and a doctoral degree from St. Louis University.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, and 10-11 a.m. on Friday, October 9, at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE in Grand Rapids. The funeral is set for 11 a.m. on Friday, with a luncheon following.

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