If there was no Newt Becker, I probably wouldn't be a CPA (inactive) and neither would you and GOD KNOWS we wouldn't have had the pleasure of knowing the sound of Peter Olinto's voice. From Brian Tankersley, a Becker instructor, at CPA Technology Blog, is the email sent by Becker Professional Education President John Roselli:
It is with sadness that I’m sending you this message. Newt Becker, the founder of Becker Professional Education, died Monday evening in Los Angeles after being ill for quite a while. Newt was 83 years old.Newt started Becker CPA Review in 1957 in Cleveland, his home town. From humble beginnings and with a handful of students, he found a successful formula for dedicated CPA candidates to pass the difficult CPA exam. He was a pioneer in interactive learning for exam preparation, engaging his students in every facet of mastering the curriculum – through lectures, mnemonics, homework, etc. Most importantly, he truly cared about each student who selected the review course that bears his name. His goal was fulfilling their dream to earn the CPA credential and to ultimately enrich their lives.
Check out the post for the whole letter. It appears that the L.A. Times obit will appear tomorrow. Say, "Thanks, Newt."
The Passing of Newt Becker [CPTB]