Spring 2006
The Current

UDM Accounting professor still active

Charlton Schoeffler - 1948
Charlton Schoeffler, 1948

Accounting professor Charlton Schoeffler used his sense of humor to make accounting classes memorable for generations of U of D and UDM students. Many of Schoeffler's former students remember his daily tests – or as he refers to them, "daily written opportunity for self-expression." He earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from New York State College of Teachers in 1939. Schoeffler taught at the University from 1946 to 1992, when he retired. He completed his MA at Wayne State University in 1950 and his Ph.D. in accounting at the University of Illinois in 1960.

Charlton Schoeffler - 1961

He is a member of the American Accounting Association, Alpha Kappa Psi, Beta Alpha Psi, and Beta Gamma Sigma. Schoeffler is the only charter faculty member of UDM's Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi chapters.

Phyllis Peters Look '51, whom Schoeffler recalls as "a scholar," says, "I don't remember the daily quizzes, but I do remember that Professor Schoeffler moved around so much between chalkboards, his navy blue suit would be pale blue from all the dust. It was obvious every day that he loved teaching and he loved accounting."

Charlton Schoeffler - 2006

According to CBA Associate Dean Bruce Brorby, colleagues most recall Schoeffler's commitment, sense of humor, and character. "Accounting can be a rather dry subject, and we always appreciated his enthusiasm and sense of humor. He always maintained – and imparted to students – the highest degree of personal and professional ethics."

Schoeffler stays active today, traveling and taking daily walks – an activity he pursued avidly at the University, where his circuits of the C & F Building were a familiar sight. But he misses both teaching and interacting with everyone at UDM. "Students keep you young," he says. "I really enjoyed the people – faculty, students, deans, everyone. I had 46 very happy years."

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