Arthur Wyatt

Arthur Wyatt

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Arthur Ramer Wyatt (Art) died on Nov. 17, 2017, in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Formerly of Champaign, Art was born on Oct. 8, 1927, to Arthur P. Wyatt and Sally Sollenberger Wyatt in Aurora, Ill. A multiple varsity letter winner, Art graduated from West Aurora High School in June 1945 and began his studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the following day. He wanted to begin his education before being called to war. It was not until he completed his Ph.D. in accounting that he served in the U.S. Army for two years.

Art's passion and commitment were always orange and blue, both in academia and athletics. He walked on to the UI men's golf team, was the eighth player the first tournament, finished third for his team as a true freshman, and was a major contributor during his tenure.

Art was a varsity letter winner all four years and was also team captain, majoring in accounting and graduating Bronze Tablet.

Art received three degrees in accountancy from the UI: B.S. 1949, M.S. 1950 and Ph.D. 1953.

He taught accounting beginning in 1950 (teaching assistant to full professor) at Illinois. He was also the assistant Illinois men's golf coach from 1952 to 1965.

While at Illinois, he authored several books in his field.

In 1966, Art left Illinois to join the public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen, where he rose to partner in two years.

Upon retiring from public accounting, Art rejoined the UI faculty for 10 years in 1992.

His career in the field of accounting is unmatched. He held numerous roles developing and executing basic accounting standards, both nationwide and internationally.

Art was a member of the following accounting boards and oversight organizations (an incomplete list): Chair, International Accounting Standards Committee, Chair, American Institute of CPAs, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), President, American Accounting Association. Art was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame in 1998.

Art's love for the UI was evidenced in his tireless devotion to all things Fighting Illini athletics. He was the 2001 recipient of the Varsity "I" Award of the Year, served on and was chairman of the UI Athletic Board, served on the UI Assembly Hall Board, and very important to Art was his ability to help fund the Demirjian Indoor Golf facility, the Lauritsen/Wohlers Outdoor Golf Facility, and also establishing the "Arthur R. Wyatt Head Men's Golf Coach" endowment.

Art was an avid golfer, winning the Champaign-Urbana Twin City tournament, the Lake of the Woods Open Championship, Champaign Country Club Men's Club championship and the Country Club of Florida Club championship. He also served as president of the boards of the two mentioned country clubs.

Art was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, UI Foundation (President's Council, Board of Directors), UIUC Alumni Association Board of Directors, University Club of Chicago and numerous other professional and social organizations.

Art Wyatt was predeceased by his parents, his brother Richard Wyatt and sister-in-law, Carole.

He leaves behind his nephew, William Wyatt (Gabriela), and nieces Susan Wallin (Roy), Cathy Smith (Dale), Mary St. Jules (Chip), Jane Miller (Mike), Sallee Wyatt(Dave) and Nancy Wyatt. Art took great pride in their children and grandchildren, as well.

Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Champaign, at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, followed by a memorial service at the Champaign Country Club at 4 p.m.

A separate memorial service will also be held at noon on Jan. 13, 2018, at the Country Club of Florida, Village of Golf, Fla.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Illinois Foundation, Men's Golf Program or Department of Accountancy, Gies School of Business, 1305 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.

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