SILVER SPRING, MD
Dec. 18, 1939-Sept. 29, 2021
Doyle Z. Williams, 81, of Silver Spring, Md., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021.
He was born Dec. 18, 1939, in Shreveport to the late Nuell and Lurline
Williams as the fourth of five boys and grew up in northwest Natchitoches Parish. He graduated from Ajax High School in 1957 and received his B.S. in Business and Accounting from Northwestern State University in 1960. After working a year in New Orleans, he attended Louisiana State University where he received his M.S and Ph.D. in Accounting.
In 1965, he joined the faculty at Texas Tech University. In 1966, he met Maynette Derr when she joined the Home Economics faculty after completing her doctorate at The Ohio State University. They were married Aug. 20, 1967, and went to New York for two years where Doyle worked for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Maynette worked for the headquarters office of J. C. Penney, Inc. They returned to the faculty at Texas Tech where Doyle was named Coordinator for the Area of Accounting in 1973.
In 1978, he joined the University of Southern California where he became the founding Dean of the School of Accounting. From 1986-88 he served as Interim Dean of the USC School of Business Administration and served as Chair of the Accounting Education Change Commission from 1989-1993.
In 1993, he was named the Dean of the College of Business at the University of Arkansas. In 1998, the College received the largest gift ever to a US business school from the Walton Family Foundation and the college was renamed the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Upon his retirement from the University of Arkansas in 2005, he was named Dean Emeritus of the Walton College of Business and the university endowed a $1.5 million chair in his and Maynette’s name.
In 2006, he moved to Canton, Ga., where he served for four years as Senior
Scholar at Kennesaw State University. From 2008-12, he served as Executive Director of
the Accounting Doctoral Scholars Program for the American Institute of CPAs Foundation.
He served as a Deacon in the Redondo Beach, Calif., Presbyterian Church, as a substitute Sunday
School Teacher at University Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Ark., and at First Baptist Church in
Woodstock, Ga. He was a member of the Lubbock, Texas, and the Los Angeles, Calif., Rotary clubs
with a perfect attendance record for 22 years.
He believed strongly that members of any profession should give back to their profession
through active service. His 192 professional offices and leadership service appointments include
serving as President of the American Accounting Association, a member of Council and the
Board of Directors of the American Institute of CPAS and Chair of the Board for the Assembly
to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
During his career he made 288 program appearances and presentations. He visited more than
150 university campuses in the United States and served on accreditation teams or as lecturer at 16 universities outside the USA. His 42 awards and recognitions include the AICPA’s Gold Medal Award, the American Accounting Association’s Outstanding Accounting Educator Award and the Life-time Service Award, induction into Louisiana State University’s College of Business Hall of Distinction, Texas Tech University’s Life-time Achievement in Accounting Education Award and the Hall of Distinction from Northwestern State University.
In 2012, he was named to the Journal of Accountancy ‘s “125 People of Impact in Accounting since 1887.” In October 2020 he was named to the Accounting Hall of Fame by the American Accounting Association.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Maynette D. Williams; his brother, Dale
Williams and wife Nell; son and daughter-in-law, Zane Williams and Michelle Williams; daughter, Elizabeth Williams; three granddaughters, Camille and Claire Williams, and Sydonna Perdew; as well as many other family members, friends and colleagues.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Arkansas Foundation
designated for the Doyle Z. and Maynette D. Williams Endowed Fellowship for a Masters of
Accounting Student, the Kennesaw State University Foundation for the endowment of the Doyle
Z. Williams Fellowship for a Master’s of Accounting Student, The Louisiana State University
Foundation designated for the Doyle Z. Williams Accounting Professorship or the
Northwestern State University Foundation for the Doyle Z. Williams Scholarship Fund.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 7-9 p.m. at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home, 233 E Carroll St., Coushatta.
There will be a graveside service at the Wallace Cemetery, Pelican, Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m.