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In Memoriam: Ernest J. Pavlock, professor emeritus of accounting and information systems


BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 29, 2007 – Ernest J. Pavlock, professor emeritus of accounting and information systems at Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business, died on August 23. He was 77.

Pavlock joined Virginia Tech in 1980. He taught in Blacksburg until 1986, when he moved to the Northern Virginia campus to teach M.B.A. students. He retired in 2000. In September 2002, his department established the Ernest J. Pavlock Scholarship in Accounting and Information Systems, which is awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student in accounting and information systems.

Pavlock also taught numerous professional education programs, including many dealing with financial management in the health care industry. He published a book, Financial Management for Medical Groups, and many articles concerning the accounting profession. Developing a greater interest in the concept of accountability, he established, together with his students, The Accountability Network Newsletter, which they published twice a year. He was also active in planning the Virginia Accounting and Auditing Conference.

Before joining Virginia Tech, Pavlock served as national director of education for Touche Ross for 14 years. He received a doctorate from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University. He was an Air Force veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Botti Pavlock, and their three children.

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. The college emphasizes the development of ethical values and leadership, technology, and international business skills. A member of its marketing faculty directs the interdisciplinary Sloan Foundation Forest Industries Center at Virginia Tech. The college’s other centers focus on business leadership, business diversity, electronic commerce, organizational performance, and services innovation. The college is committed to serving business and society through the expertise of its faculty, alumni, and students. It is named in honor of alumnus Robert B. Pamplin, the former CEO of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, philanthropist, and alumnus Robert B. Pamplin Jr.