Dr. Russell Briner, professor of accounting, passed away suddenly Sunday, Aug. 19 during his weekly tennis game. Briner served as chair of the Department of Accounting for 11 years from 1988 until 1999.
During his 19-year tenure at UTSA, Briner also served as an advisor to accounting interns and as interim associate dean for the College of Business at the Downtown Campus.
“Russell contributed greatly to the development of the College of Business and to the development of the Department of Accounting,” said Dean Lynda de la Viña. “He will be greatly missed as a leader and friend in the college.”
Briner excelled not only in the classroom, but also in his service to the university community. He served on most of the major university and college committees. Most recently, Briner chaired the college’s Executive Committee. Nationally, he also completed a term on the Institute of Management Accountants Committee on Students.
Briner received his Ph.D. in accounting from Oklahoma State University, his master’s in accounting from Texas A&M and his bachelor’s in accounting from Texas Tech University. He was a certified CPA and CMA.
Services will be held at Mission Park Funeral Chapel, 3401 Cherry Ridge. The viewing will be Thursday, Aug. 23 from 5-8 p.m., and the memorial service will be on Friday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to the Dr. Russell F. Briner Endowed Scholarship at UTSA. The scholarship fund was established in January 2001 due to the generous contributions of alumni and friends. Proceeds benefit student accounting scholarships in the College of Business . For more information about scholarship contributions, contact Kim West at (210) 458-7307.
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