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Lynn Anderson

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Invites You To Share Your Personal Remembrances


A Great Mentor

I had the privilege of working with Lynn Anderson as I wrote my professional report in 1982. He took his job mentoring me quite seriously and I have to laugh when I remember how cranky and fussy I became as the endless writing and editing continued through weeks and then months. Fortunately, Dr. Anderson could be as cranky and fussy as me; he kept me on task and motivated until the end of my final semester in school. The end product was a report that I felt proud of and that ultimately was given special recognition at graduation. I could not have done it without Dr. Anderson. He was a caring mentoring and a hoot to work with. He will be greatly missed.

A legacy

Professor Anderson's Public Financial Management class inspired me to pursue a career in public finance. He was a great man, an inspiring teacher, and he leaves an incredible legacy, not only in the lives of his students, but to all the citizens of Texas that have benefited from his wisdom and stewardship. Kim Edwards LBJ/MBA 1988

Studying under Lynn Anderson

Studying under Lynn Anderson irreversibly steered me toward public service and, ultimately, into what I consider the highest of all professions - auditing. Paramount for me among the countless and, at times, offhanded, pearls he cast was his observation that to "audit" meant to "listen." "Listen to the numbers," he casually declared one day in class. I have aspired to the glorious simplicity of this admonition ever since. Perhaps most magnetic was the unique yet subtly unpredictable confluence of characteristics that made his classes simultaneously incisively serious yet startlingly entertaining. I regularly marveled at his seemingly genetic ability to elevate the often mundane content over which he claimed unparalleled mastery to the level of true art. Somehow, he effortlessly communicated the intricacies of public accounting with a clarity, integrity, and purpose that assured the permanence of his offerings in our minds. For me, Lynn will remain perpetual when such words as "GASB," "audit," or "standards" echo in the caverns of my ignorance. While I sadly bid farewell to a brilliant mentor, each day I greet a novel nuance of "listening" to the numbers. Thank you, kind sir.

A good mentor

I first met Lynn in 1971 when I was a first year student at the LBJ School, and right away I knew that I liked this professor, because he was down to earth, practical, knowledgeable of government, and a good teacher. In my city management career, I frequently used Lynn as a reference and always felt fortunate to be able to do so. He was instrumental in providing me a good educational base and providing me guidance on local government career choices. I have kept up with him over the years, and I always told his son Gary whenever I saw him to "say hi to your Dad." Lynn will be missed by all us, but I can see him in heaven now giving a seminar on good governance or on the workings of the Texas tax code! God bless Lynn Anderson and his family. James Thurmond Director, University of Houston MPA Program

Lynn Anderson was

Lynn Anderson was instrumental in helping develop the professional standards for the field of governmental accounting. (check with either Terrell Blodgett or Michael Granof — Lynn was either the author or co-author of the “Red Book” and/or the “Yellow Book” which were known as the “Bible of Governmental Accounting.” Either or both of those were initially written and predate the establishment of the Governmental Accounting and Standards Board – GASB – on which Granof now serves) Professor Anderson was one of the first in the country to develop university-based training programs for new members of the state legislature. The biennial Pre-Session Legislative Conference was instituted in 1972 by the LBJ School of Public Affairs as an educational forum for members of the Texas Legislature to discuss significant problems facing the state government of Texas. From 1976 until the most recent program in 2010, that program has been co-sponsored by the LBJ School and the Offices of the Lt. Governor and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Professor Anderson was among the first in the nation to develop university-based professional development training for county officials. As part of UT’s Institute for Public Administration and then continued at the LBJ School through the Office of Conferences and Training, he began the County Auditor’s Institute and the Property Tax Institute. The 53rd County Auditor’s Institute was conducted the spring of 2011 and the 53rd Property Tax Institute will be conducted in December of this year. Literally thousands of county public servants in Texas have benefited from these programs over the decades.

To anyone familiar with state

To anyone familiar with state and local government accounting, Lynn Anderson will be remembered as one of the giants of our profession. Through his writings, service in professional associations and his teaching, he played a major role in developing accounting standards and improving practice. Over a period of several decades he taught hundreds of municipal financial officers in his various workshops and there were relatively few in Texas who did not pass through at least one of his courses or lectures. I personally owe Lynn a special debt of gratitude. He was a source of inspiration and guidance in both my academic and professional endeavors. He was always available to serve as a sounding board for any ideas that I might have. It was through my association with Lynn that I owe my position at the LBJ School. When Lynn retired and I took over some of the courses that he had taught, it was his standards of excellence to which I aspired. Michael H. Granof Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting The University of Texas at Austin