Hanns Schoenfeld

Hanns Schoenfeld

CHAMPAIGN – Hanns Martin W. Schoenfeld, 82, of Champaign died at 5:56 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 24, 2011) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March, 12, at the Episcopal Chapel of St. John the Divine, 1011 Wright St., Champaign. The Rev. Fr. Timothy Hallett will officiate. A reception will be held in Canterbury House adjacent to the Chapel immediately following the service.

H.M. Schoenfeld was born on July 12, 1928, in Leipzig, Germany, as the son of Dr. Alwin Schoenfeld and his spouse, Lisbeth Kirbach. He grew up in Hamburg, Germany, served in the German Army in 1944-45, and he was a U.S. POW in 1945-46. He earned an MBA (1952) and an DBA (1954) at the University of Hamburg and his Ph.D. at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, in 1966.

He initially came to the University of Illinois on a postdoctoral exchange program in 1956 and returned in 1962 to serve as a professor of accountancy until his retirement.

During his career he held several named professorships and received many awards for teaching and scholarly contributions. He was the only American citizen to receive the Dr. Kausch Prize for "Integrating American and European Accounting" from the University of St. Gall, Switzerland. He also was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Graz in Austria.

He founded the International Section of the American Accounting Association, served as president of the Academy of Accounting Historians and taught in 25 different countries.

He married Margit Frese, Ph.D., in 1956 in Kansas City. She preceded him in death in 2005.

He is survived by his daughter, Gabrielle Robinson, professor emerita of English at Indiana University in South Bend, Ind., by his son-in-law, Mike Keen, professor of sociology at IU South Bend, and his grandson, Benedict Robinson, professor of English at Stony Brook, N.Y.

The family requests donations to the Carle Development Foundation in support of Palliative Medicine, 611 W. Park St., Urbana, IL 61801 (www.carle.com/development).

Condolences may be offered at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com.