TROY - Dr. Thomas A. Ratcliffe, Director Emeritus of the Troy University School of Accountancy and a TROY alumnus, is being remembered by University officials as one of the "greats in the history of Troy University."
Dr. Ratcliffe passed away March 23 at Lower Key Medical Center in Key West, Fla. A memorial service was scheduled in Key West on March 27.
"Dr. Tom Ratcliffe was a remarkable scholar who could 'walk with kings while maintaining a common touch'," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY Chancellor. "His leadership, vision and charisma transformed our accounting program into the best in Alabama. His influence is found in the lives of accountants located throughout America and beyond."
Ratcliffe retired from Troy University in 2005 after more than 19 years of service. At the time of his retirement, Dr. Ratcliffe served as Eminent Scholar in Accounting and Finance, as well as Director and professor in the School of Accountancy.
During his tenure with TROY, he published more than 100 articles in professional and academic periodicals, provided continuing professional education to hundreds of Certified Public Accountants each year, and served as the first member of an academic institution to serve as president of the Alabama Society of CPAs.
In 2004, based on both the quality and the quantity of his publications, Ratcliffe was recognized as one of the most prolific authors in the accounting profession. He received numerous research and teaching awards throughout his career, including the Alabama Society of CPAs' Outstanding Professional Educator and Lifetime Achievement awards.
In addition to his work in education, Ratcliff also served as the technical director for the American Institute of CPAs' Center for Plain English Accounting and senior accounting and auditing technical advisor with Warren Averett, LLC.
Ratcliffe earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from TROY and his master's and Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Alabama.
Ratcliffe is survived by his wife, Carol Ann, of Key West, Fla.; sons Michael (Victoria) McEwen of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Clark (Ellen) McEwen of North Richland Hills, Texas; daughter, Tricia Ratcliffe of Troy; sister, Sarah Ann Tusing of Canton, Ga.; and, grandson Dylan Rumble.