The South Carolina Association of CPAs is proud to announce it has met its $10,000 minimum threshold goal of establishing a named scholarship for Past President H. McRoy Skipper Jr., CPA.
The effort began when SCACPA dedicated its annual October Month of Service to raising money toward an H. McRoy Skipper Memorial Scholarship. Through sales of “2018 CPAs Give” T-shirts and online donations, the Association collected more than $8,000.
During the Fall Fest Accounting Conference on Nov. 15 and 16, there were many memorials and tributes to McRoy by the more than 400 people in attendance. Thursday’s luncheon was dedicated to his honor, and attendees – whether they knew McRoy personally or just wanted to express sympathy – were offered special purple memorial pin ribbons to wear throughout Fall Fest. The luncheon ended with remembrances by Cathy Archer, CPA, a friend, former colleague and fellow Georgetown-area neighbor, and by Webster Rogers co-founder Carroll Webster, CPA.
At Friday’s Student Recognition Luncheon, it was announced that the $10,000 threshold was reached for SCACPA to bestow the H. McRoy Skipper Scholarship.
If you would still like to donate online, please visit www.scacpa.org/service.
The H. McRoy Skipper Scholarship will be among the SCACPA scholarships awarded for the 2019-20 school year to South Carolina residents who are rising juniors or seniors majoring in accounting or master’s degree students at a South Carolina college or university. For the 2018-19 school year, SCACPA’s Educational Fund Trustees awarded $43,000 to 30 exceptional students who plan to pursue careers in accounting and represented eight SC colleges and universities.
To learn more about SCACPA’s other tax-deductible scholarship donation opportunities, visit https://www.scacpa.org/ed_fund/. SCACPA can also work with you if you would like to start a new named scholarship.
Thank you SCACPA members. And thank you, McRoy, for making life more wonderful for those in the Association, and for all you’ve done for South Carolina. You will not be forgotten.
This summer, South Carolina lost one of the most beloved members of our SCACPA community. H. McRoy Skipper, 74, was a friend who welcomed all those around him. In the time since he and his wife of 54 years, Jo, left us, SCACPA has worked since then to best carry on McRoy’s legacy.
McRoy was a CPA in the Georgetown area since 1977 and merged his former practice with WebsterRogers in 1999. He served on the firm’s Executive Committee and led several of its large initiatives.
Skipper was President of the SCACPA Board of Directors in 1995 and has been lauded by the Association with the Distinguished Public Service Award (1995), Service to the Profession Award (2005) and was named among “100 Influential People in Accounting” during SCACPA’s 2015 centennial year.
Since those first days at the end of August, the SCACPA office received so many phone calls, emails and cards from members expressing sadness. Here is a small sample of the words many of McRoy’s friends and colleagues shared:
“McRoy always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye, and if you looked closely you saw a twitch of his mustache. I will miss him.”
Anne Ross, CPA, SCACPA Past President of 1991
“Anyone who knows McRoy knows that he was rarely in a bad mood, and he was a practical joker. McRoy was instrumental in my career. I worked for him early in my career for several years, back when he was the only partner in the firm. It was a family environment and a wonderful place to work. He was always good to his employees and others, and Jo was a gem of a person. I am a better accountant for having known him, and this community is a better place because of both of them. It is heartbreaking.”
Cathy Archer, CPA, SCACPA member since 1983
“Thank you for holding this fitting tribute. While I have many fond memories of McRoy and have been on the receiving end of his wit and humor, I will always remember when he had some fun with Sylvia Kitchens at the annual meeting in Myrtle Beach when she was being installed as President.
“The ‘Gavel’ could not be found anywhere for the symbolic passing of the gavel. McRoy (as only he could do) had someone go to Lowe’s and buy a hammer to use instead of a gavel for Sylvia to receive. Only McRoy would have thought of such a thing.”
Pat McDermott, CPA, SCACPA Chair 2007