In Memoriam: April 2015

By CA Magazine

8 April 2015

Tributes are paid to the CAs who have recently passed away.

Ian Anderson Remembered

John Neill Anderson CA, who lived in Auchterarder, Perthshire, died on 10 February 2015 aged 90. Known to all as Ian Anderson, he was one of the pre-eminent Scottish accountants of his generation.

He was born on 1 June 1924, in Helensburgh, and went to school first at Lenzie Academy, then Glasgow Academy. He became an apprentice at the Glasgow firm of Wilson Stirling; he was exam qualified in 1946 and admitted to membership of ICAS in March 1948.

Shortly after qualifying as a CA, he joined Thomson McLintock (now part of KPMG), and he became a partner at the firm in 1958. In 1964 he took charge of an audit department, as the firm's senior technical partner, with a large portfolio of clients.

Archie Hunter CA, formerly senior partner with KPMG, worked as a trainee under Ian Anderson and recalls: "Setting standards for his staff was important to him and I remember the pride I felt when a report I'd written came back from him unchanged with the comment 'yes, this would do'." Hunter adds: "His reputation for caution and integrity was legendary."

Mr Anderson was in charge for one of the most complex deals during the frantic period of the early 1970s, when his firm acted as reporting accountants for brokers Stenhouse International. It was the largest single fee the Glasgow office had ever handled.

He was also active in ICAS throughout his career, first as president of the Glasgow Student Society and later on ICAS committees, including the Company Law Committee which he chaired. He was also an ICAS assistant examiner 1963-73, and sat on the Professional Conduct Committee 1969-78, the Professional Liability Committee 1974-75, and the Parliamentary and Law Committee 1977.

He also represented ICAS on several CCAB (Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies) committees.

He retired in 1986, continuing to work as a consultant and also applying his financial expertise in support of Scottish Opera and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He was awarded a fellowship from the latter in 1993.

His wife, Moira, whom he married in 1960, predeceased him. He is survived by his sons John – also a CA – Douglas and grandchildren Ross, Ellen and Jamie.

In Memoriam

Alasdair Hossack Adams CA, who lived in Wishaw, died on 3 March 2015 aged 68. He was born on 19 April 1946. He was exam qualified in Glasgow in 1972 and admitted to membership in December 1972. Prior to retirement, Mr Adams was a partner at Wm H Jack & Co.

The death has been announced of Julian Nils Andersen CA, who lived in London and was born on 7 May 1944. He was a reciprocal member of ICAS and admitted to membership in August 1994. His home body was the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Prior to retirement, Mr Andersen was chief financial officer at Charles Taylor & Co Ltd.

David Arthur CA, who lived in Edinburgh, died on 23 January 2015 aged 85. He was born on 14 June 1929. He was exam qualified in London in 1953 and admitted to membership in March 1953. Prior to retirement, Mr Arthur was national secretary at the Industrial Christian Fellowship.

Gordon Stewart Bisset CA, who lived in Caterham, Surrey, died on 23 January 2015 aged 85. He was born on 25 July 1929. He was exam qualified in Dumfries in 1954 and admitted to membership in March 1955. Prior to retirement, Mr Bisset was a non-executive director at Johnstone Group plc.

John Tennent Armour Brown CA, who lived in Rutherglen, died on 3 February 2015 aged 86. He was born on 3 November 1928. He was exam qualified in Glasgow in 1952 and admitted to membership in September 1952. Prior to retirement, Mr Brown was an accountant at William Sword Ltd.

Euncie McGregor Smith Macpherson CA, who lived in Ardrossan, died on 25 February 2015 aged 90. She was born on 9 July 1924. She was exam qualified in Glasgow in 1952 and admitted to membership in March 1953. Prior to retirement, Mrs Macpherson was a sole practitioner.

The death has been announced of Charles Graham Mawer CA, who lived in Glasgow and was born on 23 March 1934. He was exam qualified in September in 1961 and admitted to membership in November 1961. Prior to retirement, Mr Mawer was principal accountant at Renfrew District Council.

John Strachan McCaw CA, who lived on the Isle of Mull, died on 11 November 2014 aged 70. He was born on 14 July 1944. He was exam qualified in Edinburgh in 1966 and admitted to membership in November 1966. Prior to retirement, Mr McCaw was commercial director at CS Lang & Son (Wholesale Ltd).

Douglas Fraser McKinlay CA, who lived in Glasgow, died on 15 January aged 66. He was born on 12 January 1949. He was exam qualified in Glasgow in 1974 and admitted to membership in February 1975. Prior to retirement, Mr McKinlay was partner at HLB Kidsons.

Wilma Murray CA, who lived in Glasgow, died on 20 January 2015 aged 80. She was born on 27 November 1934. She was exam qualified in Aberdeen in 1955 and admitted to membership in March 1958. Prior to retirement, Mrs Murray was a partner at Murray, Anderson & Murray.

Gordon Mellish Paterson CA, who lived in Middlesex, died on 22 February 2015 aged 97. He was born on 14 May 1917. He was exam qualified in Edinburgh in 1937 and admitted to membership in July 1940. Prior to retirement, Mr Paterson was general manager (finance) at Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance Ltd.

Ian Sturrock Pitcairn CA, who lived in Edinburgh, died on 1 January 2015 aged 61. He was born on 11 April 1953. He was exam qualified in Edinburgh in 1978 and admitted to membership in October 1980. Prior to retirement, Mr Pitcairn was head of finance at Brodies WS.

The death has been announced of Ian Roxburgh Smith CA, who lived in Prestwick, and was born on 11 May 1936. He was exam qualified in Glasgow in 1964 and admitted to membership in November 1964. Prior to retirement, Mr Smith was supervisor auditor at Strathclyde Regional Council.

The death has been announced of John George Williamson CA, who lived in Sudbury, and was born on 23 December 1926. He was exam qualified in Elgin in 1957 and admitted to membership in September 1960. Prior to retirement, Mr Williamson was a partner at Crawford & Co.

The death has been announced of Robert Wright Wilson CA, who lived in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, and was born on 14 January 1937. He was exam qualified in Glasgow in 1960 and admitted to membership in March 1960. Prior to retirement, Mr Wilson was chairman and finance director at Ridings Sawmills (Cardross Ltd).

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