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State Board Report

February 2015

After a lengthy illness, NASBA Past President (later to be termed "Chair") Sam Yellen died on January 18. A Past President of the California State Board of Accountancy and a retired KPMG partner-in-charge of professional practice, Mr. Yellen was active in many community organizations. He was an especially valuable guide to NASBA staff in the period following the death of NASBA’s first full-time executive director, William H. Van Rensselaer, and remained an active member of the NASBA Past Chair Advisory Council for many years.

In his inaugural address to NASBA in September 1988, President Yellen hailed the forthcoming NASBA Continuing Professional Education Sponsor Registry: "The CPE Sponsor Registry is probably the most important potential contribution that NASBA has given to the quality of practice in a while. It has the possibility of making CPE something real, something with substance, and something with validity." The Registry now has over 2,100 listed sponsors.

Contributions in Mr. Yellen’s memory can be made to the American Diabetes Association, Anti-Defamation League, CSUN School of Business and Economics, CSULA School of Business and Economics, USC Marshall School of Business or other worthy charities. Acknowledgements can be sent to his widow, Thelma Yellen, 22433 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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