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During the short walk from his office
to lunch and return, it seemed as if
Curtis H. Cadenhead were the friend
of almost everyone in downtown Dallas.
In the elevator, on the street, or in
one of the biggest banks in the Southwest,
the tall man with graying hair
waved a greeting or extended his hand
to one person after another who called
him by name. This daily occurrence
was the outward sign of the warm, intimate
rapport that has grown through
42 years between the business people
of Dallas and the Haskins & Sells partner
in charge, who recently began the
"One of the great pleasures I have
had here in Dallas," Mr. Cadenhead
says, "is seeing this little city grow up
into a big city. And at the same time I
have grown up with my friends here,
men I knew on a first-name basis when
we were all young. They grow up, and
you grow up with them."
Personal warmth and attention to
human relationships are the hallmarks
of the Curtis Cadenhead professional
style. During the 16 years of his leadership
until he was succeeded by Mah-lon
H. Grant in 1968, he made it his
business to visit his clients regularly.
This attention to the human side of
public accounting doubtless promoted
the efficiency and growth of his organization.
The Dallas Office had about 20
accountants in 1952 when he became
partner in charge, succeeding H. W.
Goodson. It has 45 now, plus the 15
in the Fort Worth sub-office.
Curtis Hortence Cadenhead's account
of his early years is a typically
American story of opportunity and
disciplined work. As he tells it: "My
2 father was a farmer in Camp County,
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