Russell Briner
Russell Briner

Longtime UTSA accounting professor dies Aug. 19

By Wendy Frost
Director of Communications, College of Business

(Aug. 22, 2007)--Russell Briner, UTSA professor of accounting, died suddenly Sunday, Aug. 19 during his weekly tennis game. Briner served as chair of the Department of Accounting from 1988 to 1999.

During his 19-year tenure at UTSA, Briner also was an adviser to accounting interns and as interim associate dean for the College of Business at the Downtown Campus.

"Russell contributed greatly to the development of the College of Business and to the development of the Department of Accounting," said Lynda de la Viña, UTSA College of Business dean. "He will be greatly missed as a leader and friend in the college."

Briner excelled not only in the classroom, but also in his service to the university community. He served on most of the major university and college committees. Most recently, Briner chaired the college's executive committee. Nationally, he also completed a term on the Institute of Management Accountants Committee on Students.

Briner received a Ph.D. in accounting from Oklahoma State University, a master's degree in accounting from Texas A&M and a bachelor's degree in accounting from Texas Tech University. He was a certified CPA and CMA.

Services will be at Mission Park Funeral Chapel, 3401 Cherry Ridge. A viewing will be 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23 and a memorial service at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 24.

In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to UTSA's Dr. Russell F. Briner Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship fund was established in January 2001 with generous contributions from alumni and friends. Proceeds benefit student accounting scholarships in the College of Business. For more information on scholarship contributions, contact Kim West at (210) 458-7307.

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