Rufus Wixon, Wharton Professor

Posted: June 08, 1996

Rufus Wixon, 84, professor emeritus at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and retired chairman of its accounting department, died of heart failure Wednesday at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Middletown, Delaware County.

He lived at the Granite Farms Estates in Middletown and previously lived in nearby Wallingford for 40 years.

Mr. Wixon earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from the University of Iowa and spent the next two years working as a public accountant. In 1933, he joined the University of North Dakota as an accounting instructor.

``He worked in public accounting so he could have experience before entering teaching,'' said his wife of 56 years, Doris Hunter Wixon.

In 1937, he began a four-year stint as an instructor at Wayne State University in Detroit before moving to the University of Michigan, where he taught and worked toward his doctorate. At Michigan, he was appointed assistant professor.

Mr. Wixon's next assignment was the University of Buffalo in 1947 as professor and chairman of accounting. Two years later, he joined the Wharton School and remained for 32 years until he retired in 1980.

While at Wharton, Mr. Wixon took leaves to serve as visiting professor at the University of Karachi in Pakistan, at the Management Development Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at the University of Florida. He wrote several books and numerous articles on accounting, and he was a member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and other associations.

His hobbies included duplicate bridge, gardening, traveling and genealogy.

Other survivors are three daughters, Marjorie Baker, Joanne Lutostansky and Kathryn Cobbs; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. July 6 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Swarthmore, Delaware County. Mr. Wixon has donated his body to the Humanity Gift Registry for research.

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