Keigler, accountant for 55 years

N. E.

May 12, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Norman E. Keigler, who did not complete high school but became a certified public accountant and worked in the field for 55 years, died Saturday of a heart attack at St. Joseph Hospital. The longtime Wiltondale resident was 92.

In 1991, he retired from his own firm. During his career, he called on customers in their offices and often refused payment from new clients until their businesses began to show a profit.

Thomas Keigler of Baltimore, a grandson, said, "He took a great personal interest in his clients' firms and was now working in some cases with the second generation of his clients."

The son of a German butcher, Norman Keigler grew up in a house at the corner of Pennsylvania and Fulton avenues. He attended city schools and participated in the human flag pageant in 1914 at Fort McHenry.

He left school at 16 and went to work as a stenographer for the Baltimore Car and Foundry Co. until a chance remark made by his sister encouraged him to pursue a career in accounting. He enrolled in a correspondence course, and after completing courses in law and economics, he passed the CPA examination in 1934 on his second attempt. His certificate bears the number 292, making it one of the earliest granted after the state started numbering them.

"He was very proud of his low number and would have passed the exam the first time except that he had trouble with a question about law and had to take the course over again," said his grandson.

Mr. Keigler was a Mason and a member of Oriental Lodge No. 158, Royal Arch Chapter No. 40, Beauseant Commandry No. 8 Knights Templar and the Boumi Temple Shrine. He was also a member of "The Hundred Club," an organization of longtime Boumi Temple members.

He was the first treasurer of Ascension Lutheran Church on York Road.

Services were planned for 10 a.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St., Baltimore, with interment in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Other survivors include his second wife, the former Alfrieda Wilcox; a son, William S. Keigler of York, Pa.; three daughters, Dr. Norma K. Raffel of State College, Pa., Alfrieda K. Ricci of Yardley, Pa., and the Rev. Adele K. Wilcox of Dunshore, Pa.; eight other grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

Memorial donations may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, c/o Boumi Temple, 4900 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210.

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