Samuel Paul Garner passed away in 1997 and is recognized as a leader in the educational aspects of international business, with a focus on its accounting relationships. During all of his 50 years of travels abroad, Garner's goal was to inform people about The University of Alabama and its academic programs. A North Carolina native, Garner attended Duke University, graduating in 1932 with an A.B. in economics and minors in languages and physics. Using money he had saved working several jobs in college, Garner traveled to Europe after graduation, which would be the first of 60 other trips to 95 countries. While at Duke University, he met Ruth Bailey, who would become his wife. A scholarship allowed Garner to return to Duke where he earned his master's degree in 1934. Garner then taught at Mississippi State University and the University of Texas before accepting the position of associate professor of accounting at The University of Alabama. In 1940, Garner earned his Ph.D. He served as professor and head of the accounting department before being named as the second Dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration. During his tenure as dean, Garner led the college to new heights through the example he set as a researcher, writer, administrator and leader in professional organizations and in interaction with the business community. During his years as an academician, he published more than 50 articles and authored or co-authored seven textbooks. In 1990, he was named the International Accounting educator of the year by the American Accounting Association. He played a crucial role in having the AACSB add an international dimension to its accreditation requirements.

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