BLACK CPA #25: Elmer J. Whiting, Jr., CPA

Elmer J. Whiting, Jr., CPAElmer J. Whiting, Jr., CPA licensed in 1950 in Ohio was the first African American Certified Public Accountant in Ohio and one of the first African American Attorney-CPAs in the country. In 1971, he became the first black partner of a Big 8 accounting firm at Ernst & Young. When he died, a fellow CPA eulogized him for opening “doors we did not know were closed” and for removing obstacles “we did not know where there.”

In addition to his professional career, Elmer maintained an outstanding record of service to civic organizations throughout the greater Cleveland area. Elmer was President of AAA-CPA in 1980. He was the longest standing trustee and treasurer of the Eliza Bryant Center. He also served on the boards of the Cleveland Playhouse, Karamu House, and Blacks in Management.

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