Accounting professor dies of cancer

Barry Cushing, a professor in the School of Accounting and Information Systems, died of cancer March 2. He was 59.

Cushing graduated with his doctorate in accounting in 1966 and began teaching at the U in September 1977.

He was chairperson of the accounting department from July 1982 until December 1985. He left the U in 1986 for Pennsylvania State University, and returned in 1991. In 1996, he was named the David Eccles Professor of Accounting.

“Barry has left an amazing legacy of impact on the lives of students, colleagues, friends and family. All through his life he never settled for second best, whether it was in preparing for his classes, working on research projects, writing papers, or taking care of his family. He will be sorely missed,” said business professor D. Gerald Searfoss in a written statement.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cherry Lee Barker, and by their four children, Dennis, Becky, Christy and Andy.

Sheena McFarland