George E. Sonnefeld, 56, certified public accountant

March 30, 2003

George E. Sonnefeld, a certified public accountant and partner in the accounting firm of Clifton Gunderson LLP and a longtime golfer, died of lung cancer Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 56.

Mr. Sonnefeld, who was born and raised in Detroit, earned his bachelor's degree from Wheeling College in 1969 and he began his career working for Price Waterhouse.

He moved to Towson in 1972 when he joined the accounting firm of Lower, McClean, Berndt and Taylor. He was admitted to partnership in the firm in 1977.

After the firm was merged into Clifton Gunderson LLP four years ago, he was given a partnership in the regional accounting firm.

Mr. Sonnefeld, who lived in Monkton, specialized in commercial financial consulting, auditing, accounting and tax services, with an emphasis on construction contractors.

At his death, he was treasurer of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Baltimore, a board member of the American Subcontractors Association and a member of the Construction Financial Management Association.

Other professional memberships included the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Building Congress and Exchange.

Mr. Sonnefeld was also active in civic affairs and had been president of the Towson Business Association, and a past vice president and treasurer of the Towson Development Corp. He had held offices in the Towson Rotary Club, Towson Jaycees and the Maryland State Jaycees.

An avid golfer, Mr. Sonnefeld was a former president of the Men's Golf Association and a board member of the Hunt Valley Golf Club.

Mr. Sonnefeld was a communicant of St. Francis Roman Catholic Community of Hunt Valley, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Carol Schmidt; a son, Kirk E. Sonnefeld of Atlanta; three daughters, Katherine Sonnefeld, Krista Sonnefeld and Kasey Sonnefeld, all of Monkton; a sister, Joan Benson of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and an aunt who raised him, Nancy Sonnefeld of Wheeling, W.Va.

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