Ralph W. Newkirk
Ralph W. Newkirk, former Assistant Dean of the School of Business at Rutgers University–Camden, passed away on May 10, 2015. He was 90.
Since joining the Accounting Department as an auditing faculty member in 1982, Newkirk proved instrumental to the growth and expansion of Rutgers School of Business–Camden.
He was a widely beloved professor who, during his time at the school, taught almost every Accounting major. He was a great role model for students, having already had a successful career at his own accounting practice, which was later merged into what is now Deloitte.
Newkirk was innovative and strategic, and always looked for ways to better serve students, elevate the Accounting Department, and enhance the entire School.
Over more than 20 years he held various important roles in the School; he was the first Director of External Affairs, Director of the MBA Program, and eventually served as Assistant Dean. He was also responsible for creating the School’s Internship Program, which continues to improve the education and careers of its participants in countless ways. He received the Rutgers Accounting Society’s Award for Teaching Excellence twice.
Though Newkirk officially retired in 2003, he never ceased his involvement with the School he cared about so deeply. He became a member of the Dean’s Executive Council—now known as the Dean’s Leadership Council—and played in the Rutgers School of Law and School of Business Deans’ Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. In 2008, he established the Ralph W. Newkirk Annual Scholarship to support full-time Accounting students.
Newkirk also took great joy in returning to campus every year to participate in the Guest Professor Program, in which he taught Accounting students at both graduate and undergraduate levels. He last participated in the program in Spring 2014 with his son, Brad, who is also a CPA.
In 2013 Newkirk was honored at the School’s 25th Anniversary celebration as one of our 12 “Builders,” who were celebrated for their leading role in the School’s exceptional accomplishments.
Rutgers School of Business–Camden is what it is today because of Newkirk’s involvement and passion. All of us who have had the privilege to meet him, to know him, or to be taught by him, will surely remember him for the wonderful man he was. He will be truly missed.
A memorial service was held on May 16, 2015 at Kain-Murphy Funeral Home, Haddonfield, New Jersey.
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