OBITUARY

Bryan Kevin Church

June 6, 1959April 29, 2017
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Bryan Church, a great father, husband, brother, friend, professor, and scholar, was lost on April 28, 2017. He will be greatly missed.

Bryan Church was born June 6, 1959 to Virginia Dell and Kenneth Craig Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He has three older brothers: Craig, John, and Curtis Church. As a boy, Bryan loved sports and playing with his dog, Jingle. He was an excellent student and pianist and dreamed of being a composer. Virginia Dell convinced him that a more practical career would be better. He listened to his mother and finished his degree at University of North Florida. In the end, though, he managed to find a way to channel his creative side. He applied his love for writing and research and earned his PhD in accounting at the University of Florida. Go Gators!

Bryan made some great friends along the way who he very much valued. At Florida he met a girl in his accounting class, Lucy. She happened to be a friend of his friend, Keith. Keith and her friend, Elaine, decided that Bryan and Lucy were perfect for each other so they arranged a party. Luckily, Bryan realized that their friends were pretty smart. He found someone as hard-headed as he was. Surrounded by family and special friends, Bryan and Lucy married in 1984.

Soon after, they moved to Atlanta and Bryan was thrilled to join the talented and collegial faculty at Georgia Tech. He authored dozens of refereed publications in top-tier academic journals. He enjoyed contributing as an editor and to policy debates. He enjoyed teaching classes in auditing, as well as managerial and financial accounting. Bryan was particularly proud of his PhD students, who have moved to tenure-track positions at Case Western Reserve University, CUNY, Indiana University, Lehigh University, Loyola University of Maryland, Singapore Management University, the University of Tampa, and the University of Tennessee. He even was honored to be “father of the bride” for one of his students.

While Bryan had a long career at GT, he spent five years in Canada on the faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University. It is pretty cold in Canada for a beach boy but he still managed to wear shorts almost every day. Bryan enjoyed his time at WLU, making strong friendships and gaining long term co-authors. And, his first beautiful child, Moira, was born there.

After returning to Atlanta, Bryan and Lucy were blessed with two more children: William and Rory. He spent a lot of time on baseball and soccer fields, at tennis courts, and in concert halls. Bryan could not have been prouder of his children’s accomplishments. Moira is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and is currently a graduate student at the University of South Carolina. William is graduating from North Cobb High School and will begin studying at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University next fall. Rory is a sophomore at North Cobb and is Bryan’s tennis star. Even before his own children were born, Bryan looked up to his older brothers because they were such wonderful parents. He used the example they set to become the wonderful father he was.

In addition to his work and children, Bryan enjoyed his dogs and the outdoors. He completed several marathons and even ultramarathons. He loved hiking and particularly his trips to the mountains with his friend, John.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra at: https://georgiayouthsymphony.org/

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, May 6, 2017
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 6, 2017
REMEMBERING

Bryan Kevin Church

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January 18, 2018

I just heard about Bryan's passing. I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a great professor, researcher, mentor and adventurer, and my heart goes out to his family and friends. I had the wonderful honor and privilege of working with Bryan (and Lucy) on a number of research projects/publications during the initial years of my academic tenure as an assistant professor. The depth and breadth of knowledge readily exchanged and advice given guided and benefited me in several aspects of my professional career. The hours I spent in the experimental lab at Georgia Tech conducting research with Bryan and his doctoral, masters and undergraduate students (including a few gatherings with faculty, staff and doctoral students at his home) were priceless. Bryan was an outstanding mentor to me (with a great sense of humor) and he will be dearly missed. Shawn Davis - Washington, D.C.

Cyndie Jeffrey

October 26, 2017

I will remember Bryan as a truly good person. He was also a gifted academic. I will miss him.

Fred Chen

August 11, 2017

It was very kind of Prof. Church to grant me a special permit for attending his graduate accounting course, as I am an engineering student without prior accounting background but curiosity. Prof. Church lent me his textbook, advised on how to have a crash course on my own, and to think of accounting and ethics. The course was quite inspirational and enlightening, guiding students through the ethics problems (or philosophical, to some extent) that requires deep thought. I will never forget the entire experience of getting into and complete the course. Surely, I left with the thinking that illuminated by Prof. Church. My deepest condolences to Prof. Church's colleagues, friends, and families.

Ananda Ganguly

August 9, 2017

Bryan was a very special man. I met him first when he interviewed me on behalf of Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. We had been in touch ever since. He was unfailingly generous, helpful, and impishly humorous. I was saddened to find out from mutual acquaintances at the American Accounting Association annual meeting in August 2017, that he had passed. Although I don't know Lucy personally, my sincerest condolences to her and the family. -Ananda Ganguly, Claremont McKenna College.

Ananda Ganguly

August 9, 2017

Bryan was a very special man. I met him first when he interviewed me on behalf of Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. We had been in touch ever since. He was unfailingly generous, helpful, and impishly humorous. I was saddened to find out from mutual acquaintances at the American Accounting Association annual meeting in August 2017, that he had passed. Although I don't know Lucy personally, my sincerest condolences to her and the family. -Ananda Ganguly, Claremont McKenna College.

Kathryn Holmstrom

May 28, 2017

I only had the pleasure of knowing Bryan as his PhD advisee for two brief years, but learned so much from him in that time. I will miss him deeply, for his personality, knowledge, and guidance. I'll miss making him laugh, even if it was at my expense. I spent a fair amount of time admiring the photos in his office, and the stories and photos that were shared after his passing only confirmed the suspicions I had about him as a family man, friend, and colleague.

Kevin Breslin

May 20, 2017

I don't think I ever had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Church, but reading about his love of life and those around him is extremely inspiring. As a current student at Georgia Tech, it can be easy to get caught up in the little things, but learning of what Dr. Church stood for and how he lived his life helps me to remember what life is all about. May God bless him and his family and I wish comfort to all who are mourning his loss.

Roger Simms

May 19, 2017

Will miss our talks.

Greg Waymire

May 9, 2017

I heard about Bryan's passing only this afternoon. I am truly saddened, and my heart goes out to his family and colleagues. He seemed to me always to be a good person and serious scholar. He will be missed.

Kyazia Felder

May 9, 2017

I am absolutely heartbroken to have heard about this news, and I wish I was home, instead of away for school so I could pay my respects in person. Thank you for playing such a kind and hilarious role in my growing up years. I would always look forward to the very real and witty banter you had for me at every carpool. Experiencing you taught me a lot of life lessons that I was honestly too young to get at the time. There's so much I want to say but I'm too stunned to really place things into words. Thank you for being awesome. When I make my way to Canada, the first thing I'll do is try the cocoa, I just know you're going to be right about it being better. Sending my love to your beautiful family.