The Accounting Hall of Fame
Victor Hermann Stempf
The son of Richard and Jessie Cirkler Stempf was born on April 28, 1893, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated in 1915 from St. Louis University. In the same year he joined Touche Ross & Co. He became a manager in 1919 and a partner in 1922, the position he held at his death. He was certified as a CPA in 1917.
He was active in professional organizations serving as president (1943-44) and vice president (1942-43) of the AICPA. He was president (1940-41) and vice president (1938-39) of the NAA and vice president (1940) of the AAA. He also served as vice president (1925) of the Missouri State Society of CPAs and president (1939-40) of the New York State Society of CPAs. He served the latter organization as a member of its Board of Directors (1926-40). He also served the NAA as a member of its Board of Directors (1935-46) and Executive Committee (1944-46). He was a founder of the St. Louis chapter of NAA in 1926. In addition, he was a member of the AICPA's Committees on Accounting Procedure, Terminology, and Postwar Tax Policy, and chairman of its Committee on Federal Income Taxation (1937-40). In 1945 he received the AICPA's Gold Medal Award.
He spoke before many professional groups and he wrote numerous articles for professional journals. He was a contributing and consulting editor of the Accountants' Handbook (1943) and the Costs Accountants' Handbook (1944). He served as speaker or special lecturer at numerous universities in the U. S.; he also taught for several years at his alma mater, St. Louis University. In 1944, St. Louis University presented him an award for distinguished service. His community involvements included, among others, treasurer of University City, Missouri (1921-25) and Police Commissioner of Mamaroneck, New York (1936-45).
He married Dorothy Meissner on April 12, 1917; they had two children. At the age of 52, he died, on April 18, 1946, the youngest of any Hall of Fame member.