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People in H&s Malcolm Devore More than forty years ago, Malcolm M. Devore chose Haskins & Sells with a systematic determination that is characteristic of the partner who today coordinates the Firm's practice in the United States with quiet efficiency. It was 1929, and business was headed for trouble. He had graduated in June from the University of California at Berkeley, but had missed the ceremonies because he was touring Japan with the varsity baseball team, on which he had played second base for three years. He asked an uncle, an officer of a leading San Francisco bank, to find out which was the best national public accounting firm in San Francisco. The word came back it was Haskins & Sells, so he applied there, and there only. He waited until the following busy season for an opening and reported for work on January 2, 1930, taking college courses and temporary work meanwhile. One job that had helped see him through college was distributing the San Francisco Chronicle to newsboys, which meant getting up at 3:30 daily. A second job kept him up till midnight twice a week. Inevitably, one day he fell asleep at the wheel of his news truck and hit a fire hydrant. His supervisor advised blaming the steering mechanism; otherwise he might lose his job and have to leave college. He took counsel with himself for 24 hours and decided to tell the police the truth, though as it happened they never investigated. "It was a turning point," he recalls. "I never had trouble with moral decisions after that experience." Those nights without much sleep would stand Malcolm in good stead when World War II left the Firm shorthanded. By then he was in the Los Angeles Office. He had gone down temporarily in 1939 to work under Weldon Powell on the National Funding Corporation of California engagement, where he displayed such resourcefulness and intelligence that a permanent transfer was arranged. He was appointed principal in 1940 and was admitted to partnership on June 1, 1945. He was in charge of the Los Angeles Office from 1957 to 1961. His next transfer, twenty-one eventful years after the first, came about similarly after temporary assignment. One of his partners, since retired, had suggested to him that he was needed in the Executive Office. "You know," Malcolm replied, "I am a native Calif or-nian; I love my state and the Los Angeles Office, and my family loves California. But if I am needed in the EO, then I shall go." Shortly thereafter, John Queenan, who had been nominated president of the American Institute of CPAs, asked Malcolm to help in the administration of the Firm during his presidency. The Devores came to New York for a year, but as Mr. Queenan explains, "Malcolm made himself so useful around here that he's been here ever since." He continued, nevertheless, to vacation in the West. Very much a family man, he and his wife, Edythe, and their children went fishing together in the high Sierras virtually every summer for fifteen years. Today, son Paul is a principal in charge of the Medford Office and Robert is on the San Francisco staff. Daughter Meredith is Mrs. Kent B. Lombard of San Jose, California. Overall there are eleven grandchildren, all clamoring for bedtime stories when Malcolm comes to visit. The years in Los Angeles had been years of growth, as indeed all of Malcolm Devore's life has been and continues to be. He remembers his early mentor, Weldon Powell, as "the finest mind in public accounting in our generation. No one could work with him without the greatest respect and desire to emulate him." It was Weldon Powell who encouraged him to become active in professional societies. He served the California CPA Society and the American Institute of CPAs on committees, becoming president in California in 1957-58 and vice president of the Institute in 1965-66. He has also been active in his home communities in Los Angeles and now Greenwich, Connecticut, particularly in church affairs in
People in H&S: Malcolm Devore
Devore, Malcolm M.
Queenan, John W.
Devore, Malcolm M.
Haskins & Sells. Los Angeles Office
Haskins & Sells. Executive Office
H&S Reports, Vol. 07, (1970 autumn), p. 02-03
|Source||Originally published by: Haskins & Sells|
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|Digital Publisher||University of Mississippi Library. Accounting Collection|