Life at Deloitte
Leaders & Shapers
John William Queenan
Managing Partner Haskins & Sells
In 1931, John Queenan was awarded the gold medal of the Illinois Society of CPAs for scoring the highest grade on the state CPA examination. That performance was an accurate predictor of his career at our predecessor firm of Haskins & Sells, which took him from Newark to Chicago and then to the firm's national office. He was appointed managing partner in 1956, a position he held until retiring in 1970.
Queenan made great strides for the accounting industry through his work to arrange cooperation between CPAs and lawyers. The Secretary of the Treasury Department issued a statement on January 30, 1956, stating that "the state courts could properly prevent nonlawyers from doing things, in representing taxpayers before the Treasury Department." The statement also placed responsibility on lawyers and accountants to determine when each other's assistance was needed. Queenan, along with William L. Jameson and Erwin N. Griswold (later Dean of Harvard Law School), worked to establish a National Conference of Lawyers and CPAs. The alliance made it possible for the two groups to cooperate in the income tax practice.
Queenan is one of the many Deloitte & Touche people upon whom the AICPA has bestowed its highest honor, the Gold Medal Award for distinguished service to the profession.