From the onset of World War II, America needed men of integrity, ability, and proven leadership to facilitate the wartime economy—the nation turned to CPAs for help. In 1941, the president of the American Institute of Accountants, N. Loyall McLaren, stepped away from his accounting firm and from his Institute presidency to serve in the U.S. Navy where he handled a variety of accounting-related duties. McLaren was a pioneer California CPA, serving as a partner in the largest firm in the Golden State, and had served as president of the California Society of CPAs. He later was a powerful business leader in the San Francisco area; his firm eventually merged with Haskins & Sells. This is the story of Commander (later Rear Admiral; also Army Brigadier General) McLaren and his service to the nation and the profession during World War II and thereafter.

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