Mr. Johns, partner-in-charge in Chicago
for 17 years, was one of those young men
discovered by John R. Wildman, who
set out in the 1920s to bring to H&S the
most promising accounting students in
the country. John Queenan and Weldon
Powell were also among the group, and
all three got their early training under
Mr. Wildman in the Executive Office and
W. M. Coursen in Newark.
Mr. Johns showed an early aptitude for
accounting. As a young staff accountant
he was chairman of a committee of the
American Institute-the natural business
year committee—an appointment as
remarkable then as it would be today.
Since then he has headed many other
committees, societies, and boards,
including the accounting principles
committees of three state societies, and
is now chairman of the American
Institute's ethics committee.
A prolific and innovative writer, he is
responsible for the revision of two
classics in accounting literature:
Accountants' Working Papers and Auditing
(the latter known to accountants as
"Bell and Johns").
Ardent support of his alma mater, the
University of Illinois, has been
accompanied by an interest in accounting
for colleges and universities. He is an
avid fan of lllini teams and a director of
the University of Illinois Foundation.
Mr. Johns and his wife, Elizabeth, who
live in Wilmette, are the parents of
Gordon M. Johns, a principal in our
Los Angeles Office, and a daughter,