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Former Department of Accounting professor, Patrick R. O'Shaughnessy, died peacefully

Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013, The Lewiston Tribune

Patrick Reed O'Shaughnessy, 78, died peacefully Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Pomeroy. He was born June 19, 1935, in Winchester, the fifth child of William Albert O'Shaughnessy and Julia Dorothy Reed.

He graduated from Moses Lake High School in 1952 and served two years in the U.S. Army. In 1959, he received his bachelor of arts in business administration from Washington State College and passed the certified public accountant exam. In 1960, he received his master of arts from WSU. He worked as a CPA in San Francisco, Wallace, Idaho, and Ellensburg, Wash. In 1964, he became the first professor of business administration at what is now Central Washington University. He felt privileged to be able to build an accounting program and thoroughly enjoyed his students. When he retired after 35 years, an endowed professorship was created in his honor and funded by his former students and academic peers.

He had a CPA practice until 2013. He was a member of the Elks, Moose and Knights of Columbus, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce and Holy Rosary Parish. He loved sports, coached Little League baseball and chaired and ran in the Whiskey Dick Triathlon. As a scoutmaster he helped seven Scouts become Eagles. His hobbies included Cougar football, dancing, gardening, reading and his dogs.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marilyn of Pomeroy; sons James, Kevin and Rory; daughters Maureen and Colleen; a host of grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers and a large extended family.

The Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, both at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pomeroy