Testing Out

After 51 years, Accounting's Dmohowski is retiring and ending a could-be record streak of daily quizzes

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

Many Carroll School of Management undergraduates will breathe a sigh of relief when Joseph L. Sweeney Professor of Accounting Stanley Dmohowski '45, steps down from full-time teaching this month, thus ending his 51-year streak of administering daily quizzes.

If the University kept such statistics, Dmohowski might well hold the all-time record for administering tests, a feat which has earned him a reputation as a tough but well-liked teacher.

"I've had so many wonderful experiences both as a student and a faculty member," said Dmohowski, who was among those honored by the Accounting Department at a May 14 reception. "And I'd do it all again, although I doubt I'd be able to even get in the door now."

Dmohowski's teaching career began the same day his undergraduate student career ended. At the 1945 Commencement, College of Business Administration Dean James J. Kelley, SJ, offered him a job in the Accounting Department as the accounting lab supervisor.

Sweeney Professor of Accounting Stanley Dmohowski.

While Dmohowski is popular with both students and colleagues, CSOM Dean John Neuhauser said, he is famous and feared for his habit of administering daily quizzes. Dmohowski estimates he has given over 500,000 quizzes to more than 12,000 students over his career, and has corrected them all himself. Dmohowski says he gives the exams to help students practice what they have learned .

Despite the formidable impression he makes in the classroom, Dmohowski said butterflies always fill his stomach before delivering a lecture, a feeling he has never been able to overcome. "I'm still nervous, even to this day," he confessed a few minutes before his last lecture as a full-time faculty member.

Nervous or not, Dmohowski is dedicated, said Neuhauser. In the last 25 years, Neuhauser notes he has only beaten Dmohowski into the office twice - "and I get here early," he said.

Dmohowski has taught several notable students, including the late Silvio O. Conte, the namesake of Conte Forum. He is proud to say he played a small role in allowing Conte to spend a successful 32 years representing Massachusetts' First District in Congress.

"Silvio was having trouble in another professor's class and couldn't get into law school if he flunked accounting," said Dmohowski, "so I tutored him and got him through the course." Conte earned a combined bachelor's and law degree in 1949.

Dmohowski left the University briefly in 1958 to obtain a master's degree in finance from New York University. He has also moonlighted as a certified public accountant over the years, which he will continue during his retirement. And, provided it fits with his retirement lifestyle, he plans to return to CSOM in the fall to teach at least one course.

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