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The Passing of a Miami Icon

December 2012


The Miami, Oxford and Pi Kappa Alpha communities and thousands of accounting graduates mourn the loss of a friend, mentor and supporter of great value with the passing of Hal Jasper (MU '52).

Hal came to Miami in 1949 and graduated with a B.S. in Accountancy in 1952. He met his wife, BJ at a student function. He returned to Miami in 1959 to teach accounting, touching the lives of thousands of students in his forty-year teaching career.

Almost every accounting major passed through one of his classes during this era. He was the most dedicated Miamian and faculty member. He personally was responsible for many Miami graduates passing the CPA exam.

Hal's influence extended outside the classroom, selflessly serving the University, his fraternity and the Oxford community, including: MU Hall of Fame Selection Committee Cradle of Coaches Selection Committee Faculty representative to the NCAA, MAC and CCHA President of the Oxford United Way Treasurer of the Oxford NAACP Presidential Task Force on Intercollegiate Athletics

His excellence was recognized throughout the decades as he was awarded the 1966 Dr. F.B. Joyner Alumnus of the Year 1987 Oxford Citizen of the Year 1990 Outstanding Accounting Educator in Ohio 2001 Bishop Distinguished Achievement Medal

It is fitting that every year, the Hal Jasper Award is given to the varsity athletic team that has given the most service to Miami and the Oxford community.

Beyond his teaching and community service, Hal is best remembered for his love of Miami and Miami's love for him.