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News Release

Remembering Esteemed Professor of Business, George Wall


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George Wall
George Wall was known as a father, a husband, a professor of business at Fort Hays State University, a pool shark, and as an avid fisherman and hunter. George was married to Margaret Hardgrove Wall and passed away on July 10, 2012 at the age of 82.

In 1958 George saw an ad for an instructor position at Fort Hays State University. As an accountant, he had never before considered teaching, but decided to pursue the position and met with the head of FHSU’s business administration program, Leonard Thompson. After being hired by Thompson, George proceeded to spend his entire career teaching at Fort Hays State. After 35 years of dedicating himself to his students, George retired as a tenured professor of business in 1993. In 1999, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas Society of Public Accountants in recognition of his long service as an accounting educator in the state of Kansas. Although George had a reputation for being a tough professor, he was always well respected and wanted the best for his students.

“When I think of my time at FHSU, pursuing a degree in business and studying accounting, I recall the positive impact that Dr. George Wall had on my CPA career” said Steve Baumrucker. “He was definitely a favorite instructor of mine. Dr. Wall maintained a very serious academic atmosphere and yet at the same time created a relaxed and interesting experience in his classes.  Dr. Wall had a love for hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors, which created a natural relationship with many students. Dr. Wall contributed much to my success and to the success of many others.”

With the help of family and friends, a memorial scholarship fund has been created in honor of George Wall. Margaret commented that George “loved teaching and he was really good at it. He would be very pleased to have a scholarship in his name.” Contributions toward this scholarship fund will not only recognize an amazing professor, but will also provide financial assistance to FHSU students for years to come.

“George Wall is an icon in the Fort Hays State University accounting department” said Galen Pfeifer. “George was undeniably a favorite of mine.  His classroom environment was intense but always included a hunting story or a ribbing of one of the students. George’s deep voice and big grin were characteristics that kept students’ attention in his classroom. He was definitely a positive influence on me, and my CPA career. Even after years of being out of his classroom, he would call me by name and take the time to update. George contributed much and is missed.”


SUPPORT THE GEORGE WALL MEMORIAL FUND