Paul G. Wist
July 25, 1929 – December 15, 2018
Paul G. Wist, a prominent CPA and partner in the accounting firm of C.W. Amos & Company who spent a decade of his retirement volunteering his expertise overseas, died Dec. 15 at Stella Maris Hospice of pneumonia and complications from Alzheimer's. He was 89. Born in Baltimore and raised in Irvington, Mr. Wist was the son of George J. and Regina M. Ward Wist, who ran Wist Realty. A 1946 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, he enlisted in the Navy, and served as aviation storekeeper on the carrier USS Kearsarge. He resumed his studies, graduating with an accounting degree in 1951 from what is now University of Baltimore.
Mr. Wist joined C.W. Amos in January 1952; he passed the CPA exam later that year and became a certified financial planner in 1987. Mr. Wist became the firm's first partner in July 1956 and was elevated to managing partner in 1968. He served as senior partner from 1985 until retiring in 1991. Following his retirement, Mr. Wist volunteered from 1991 to 2001 with the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), helping manufacturing companies improve cost accounting methods and increase product profitability in the global marketplace. He travelled regularly to Poland, Guatemala, Egypt, Russia, Lithuania and the Republic of Georgia. Mr. Wist joined the Rotary Club of Towson in 1957, serving as the group's president in 1986-1987. A charter member of Eagle's Nest Country Club, he was an avid golfer and tennis player. Family ski trips and woodworking in his retirement were among his passions. He served on numerous boards and organizations as noted in the Sunpaper's article 12/24/18, https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-obit-wist-20181223-story.html.
Mr. Wist is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Mary Lee Vaeth of Towson; three sons, PG Wist of Hampstead, Timothy Wist of Phoenix, Maryland., and Matthew Wist of Hampstead; a daughter, Ami Carrier of Parkton; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Michael Wist of Pasadena, and two sisters, Rose M. Kozojet of Timonium and Jeanne M. Gobel of Catonsville. He was pre-deceased by brothers Lawrence and George, Jr.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Mr. Wist at Immaculate Conception Church, 200 Ware Avenue in Towson, on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 10:00am. Paul's body was donated to science. Donations are encouraged to Stella Maris, https://www.stellamaris.org/giving-to-stella-maris/