This paper memorializes a remarkable figure in accounting history and showcases the power of one individual to impact society. Although Dr. Larzette Golden Hale was the first Black female certified public accountant (CPA) to also earn a Ph.D. in accounting, her influence stretched far beyond these lofty accomplishments. Hale recognized the power and responsibility that educated individuals have to positively impact humankind. She overcame a childhood in an orphanage to impact the lives of countless individuals spanning multiple geographies and across decades. Her impressive life’s work as an accounting educator is even more momentous considering the systemic obstacles to achievement faced by both Blacks and women of the time. Hale’s life was the epitome of one well-lived in service to others and society as a whole, with an impact that is still evident today.

JEL Classifications: I23; M41.

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