Professor Emeritus James Godfrey Dies

Posted: December 3, 2009 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: December 2, 2009 at 5:28 pm

James T. Godfrey, Professor Emeritus of Accounting, died at his home in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 22.

Godfrey, who had held the position of University Foundation Professor of Accounting, joined Mason in 1988 and retired in 1999.

Godfrey held positions at Northwestern University and the University of Georgia prior to joining Mason. His research interest was in managerial accounting, and he was an early advocate of applications of statistics to accounting research and practice.

He was co-author with David Harr, senior associate dean in the School of Management, on the 1991 books, “Common Costs and Fund Raising Appeals” (with Robert Frank), and “Private Sector Financial Performance Measures and Their Applicability to Government Operations.”

He earned BBA, MBA and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Ann Arbor, Mich.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Godfrey.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780 or

Thanks to Phil Buchanan for supplying some of this information.

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