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Accounting professor remembered for long, excellent career

October 30, 2012

KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo is remembering long-time accounting professor Marilyn Kintzele, who educated and impacted future business leaders for more than 34 years.

Receiving the gift.Marilyn KintzeleKintzele, 64, died last week. She retired in December 2011.

Erv Boschmann, interim dean of the School of Business, where Kintzele taught accounting, said she exemplified the excellence expected in the school.

"Marilyn was completely and totally dedicated to her students," he said. "She was always on time for every class, she was utterly prepared for every class, and she challenged the students, sometimes to their limits. IU Kokomo excels because people like Marilyn are the university. They contribute 100 percent to students."

Kintzele joined the faculty at IU Kokomo in 1977. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University. She worked as a Certified Public Accountant from 1970 to 1974.

She was a member of the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching, The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Indiana Society of CPAs. She received two Teaching Excellence and Recognition Awards, as well as the Virgil Hunt Service Award. She was nominated for the Outstanding Accounting Educator's Award of the Indiana CPA Society seven times.

David Rink, professor of marketing, said he never saw anyone more dedicated to her job than Kintzele. He remembered often seeing her at work on weekends, meeting students for make up tests and preparing class materials. Despite her many accomplishments, he said, she was not one to promote herself.

"IU Kokomo was very important to her," he said. "She was always extremely organized and prepared, and got things done very efficiently. She was always on time starting and ending her classes, and she would stay as long as a student had questions."

As a faculty member, Rink appreciated Kintzele's straightforward manner.

"With Marilyn, you knew where you stood," he said. "You knew exactly where she stood, too, and I appreciated that. There won't be another one like her."

Dianne Roden, professor of finance, said Kintzele leaves behind a legacy of students working successfully in the field of accounting.

"She was greatly respected by her students, as well as all the faculty," Roden said. "She was very passionate about teaching in accounting. She really wanted to help her students."

In addition to teaching, Kintzele was a campus leader, serving as faculty senate president for 13 years. Roden said she took that role seriously.

"She wasn't afraid to stand up to the administration if she believed something was better for our students," Roden said. "She was also an advocate for faculty."

She said Kintzele supervised many accounting students in internships that later led to job placements, and she also started and funded a scholarship for accounting students.

She remembered at the School of Business honors day when Kintzele retired, one of her students received an award given by one of her previous graduates, who also hired that student.

"I told her that was her real legacy," Roden said. "She had done such a good job teaching accounting, now some of her students from a long time ago were hiring the most recent graduates."

Effie Jones, who earned a degree in accounting in 2007, works for Derek Fisher, another School of Business graduate who was in Kintzele's class.

"She's had quite a legacy at IU Kokomo," Jones said of Kintzele. "My boss had her for classes too, which shows she goes back a long way, and many accountants have had her in class. It's amazing to have a career that long in the same field."

Jones remembered Kintzele's class was well organized, and she was available to her students.

"You could always rely on her to be there," Jones said. "If you needed to talk to her, she was in her office and available. Classes were very scheduled and well organized. We were always on task. I learned a lot from her."

Services are at 1 p.m. Friday, November 2, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Michigan City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana University Foundation for the Marilyn Kintzele Accounting Scholarship Fund, 2300 S. Washington St., Kokomo, IN, 46904-9003.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/26/2014