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Flavio Guerra 1921-2013

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Flavio Guerra, a retired professor in the department of accounting, died Friday, Nov. 22. He was 92.

A graduate of the University of Houston (BBA ‘49, MBA ‘50), Professor Guerra joined the SLU faculty in 1955 at the School of Commerce and Finance (now the John Cook School of Business). In 1960, he was named a full professor in accounting where he taught until his retirement in 1990.

Scott Safranski, Ph.D., interim dean of the Cook School, recalls one of his first experiences at SLU was seeing Guerra enthusiastically teaching a class.

“His passion was evident and over the years I continued to have a growing respect for the value of his work,” Safranski said.

Accounting department chair Ananth Seetharaman, Ph.D., did not have the opportunity to work with Guerra but said his contributions were significant in helping build the program.

“During his time here at SLU he was a leader in the early days of the birth of the department and a unique character in his own right,” Seetharaman said. “He founded the Accounting Club, which was the genesis for the eventual founding of the department’s Zeta Nu Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. In those days the Accounting Club was housed in a large room filled with accounting books and memorabilia and I am told you could often find Mr. Guerra ‘holding forth’ in the midst of a group of rapt students.”

“The department owes a debt of gratitude to Mr. Guerra and all the others who laid the foundation for what the department would eventually become,” Seetharaman added.

Philipp Stoeberl, Ph.D., the Mary Louise Murray Professor of Management and a longtime colleague, called Guerra a man of substance and integrity with a total commitment to students and teaching.

“He worked long hours and was available to students for personal issues as well as academic ones,” Stoeberl said. “Students loved him.”

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Guerra, and is survived by four children, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A private funeral mass was held with burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of choice.

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