July 5, 2004 by

Ralph Kent

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Ralph E. Kent, the former chairman of Arthur Young & Co., died on June 26. Cause of death was not released. He was 88.
Kent graduated from Ohio State University in 1937. That same year, he landed a job with the accounting firm of Arthur Young & Co. in New York. Kent worked his way up the corporate ladder until 1965, when he was promoted to senior partner and chairman of the Ernst & Young predecessor firm. He remained in this position until his retirement in 1977.
Outside of the office, Kent was a dedicated member of his profession. He served on the consultant panel of the Comptroller General of the United States for 16 years. A life member of the American Institute of CPAs, Kent was also the organization’s president from 1968 to 1969. A scholarship for students studying accounting has been established in his honor.

One Response to Ralph Kent

  1. Wayne Goettsche

    I left AY as a partner in 1971; however, Ralph Kent has never left my mind and the impression he made on me. My only regret with leaving the firm for private investments, was that I no longer was associated with the strong steel personality that I so admired.
    I just learned of his death my doing a google search.

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