John G. Hatfield BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
RECOLLECTIONS ABOUT FATHER
I have prepared a sketch of my father as a person rather than as a teacher of accounting, a university administrator and an author of textbooks and numerous articles in accounting journals. Hope-fully this will be of help to those who did not know my father.
Henry Rand Hatfield and Ethel Adelia Glover met at the Univer-sity of Chicago where they were both working for their doctoral degrees. They were married in 1898 and remained at the University of Chicago until 1904. He had attained the rank of Associate Pro-fessor and was also Dean of the College of Commerce and Ad-ministration. At that time he was offered and accepted a position at the University of California (Berkeley) where he was to remain until his retirement in 1937, having served at various times as Dean of the College of Commerce and as Dean of the Faculties. Even after official retirement he continued his interest in the University and in the theory of accounting. He received two honorary degrees of LL.D., one from his alma mater Northwestern University and an-other from the University of California. He died on Christmas Day 1945.
I remember him as a devoted husband and father and as a man of wide interests outside his profession. He was an active church member and delighted in calling to the attention of the minister or the Methodist Bishop any error in fact or grammar. His under-graduate studies at Northwestern ably prepared him for this, for it consisted largely of Latin and Greek and he delighted in argu-ments with a distinguished law professor over fine points in Latin construction or grammar.
He was an eager collector of early books on accounting, mostly Italian, as I remember, and he studied that language in order to better understand them. These books were given to the University of California Library. When he heard of one being available in the market at a price he was unable to pay, he approached a banker friend in San Francisco and suggested that the latter might like to buy the book for the University. He also acquired a collection of detective stories. One time when visiting a student who was tem-