The Accounting Historians Journal
1988 ACCOUNTING HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
Norton Moore Bedford Boston Room Marriott World Center Hotel Orlando, Florida
Thomas J. Burns The Ohio State University
Throughout his lifetime, he has been concerned with pro-viding information perhaps because he was raised in St. Joseph, Missouri, the town where the pony express started and where he started his career at 18 by working for the local newspaper.
His family has not always succeeded. The Bedford family settled originally in New England, but took the Royalist side in the Revolutionary War and had to flee to Canada. The family got back into the country a century later when his grandfather bought a Montana ranch. His mother's family took the losing side in a war, too: they supported the Confederacy in the Civil War.
After trying farming, his father supported his five children as a chemist and a wool grader with a meat packer. Early on an achiever, as a boy, he became an eagle scout. However, he was motivated to attend the local junior college, after meeting a girl on a tennis court who was to become his wife. Neverthe-less, as a tennis player of tournament calibre, he invited her to play tennis only when a competing boy friend, also a good player, was about to ask her to play.
After earning a degree from Tulane University, he went into business until he was drafted in World War II. In the artillery, he progressed from private to major while receiving the bronze star. With Paton's Seventh Army at the Battle of the Bulge, he experienced the most difficult time of his life; later with the victorious First Army, he fought in the breakthrough at Remagen Bridge.
After receiving an MBA at Tulane, he earned a Ph.D. at The
Vol. 15, No. 2 Fall 1988