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University mourns passing of retired accounting professor
Dr. Jack Fay, professor emeritus of accounting

University mourns passing of retired accounting professor

Dr. Jack Fay, a professor emeritus of accounting in the Kelce College of Business, died Jan. 19, 2018, after fighting complications from a heart attack in December. He was 79. 

“Dr. Fay was a true scholar,” said PSU President Steve Scott. “He cared deeply about his students and helped move this university forward during his 20 years of service. On behalf of Pittsburg State University, I extend my deepest condolences to his family and friends.” 

A native of Joplin, Fay taught at PSU for 20 years, joining the faculty in 1996. He was made a full professor in 2003. 

"He felt such pride for his work at PSU, and he would feel honored to know that his life there was celebrated," said his daughter, Jessica Sliger. 

His 56-year career also included teaching at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Columbus College (now Columbus State University) in Georgia, the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, and Stetson University in Florida. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas. 

Fay retired from PSU at age 78, but his work continued to impact the field of tax history and law, according to an article published by the University of Arkansas, his alma mater. 

The Journal of Business and Educational Leadership published an article he co-wrote, "U.S. Presidents and Personal Income Tax: Did They Pay Their Fair Share?" in Fall 2016. 

Another co-written article, "Individual Income Tax: A Cross-Continental Comparison," was published in the World Journal of Social Sciences in March 2017. 

His publishing credits include a book, "Accounting Certification, Educational, and Reciprocity Requirements: An International Guide," as well as hundreds of articles, papers, and technical reports. 

He also served on many committees at the state, national and international level. 

A visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Parker Mortuary, 1502 S. Joplin Ave. in Joplin, Missouri. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 3700 N. Range Line Road, in Webb City, Missouri.

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