Ohio University's College of Business, community, and friends mourn the passing of Warren H. Reininga, former chair and faculty member.July 25, 2014
By James S. (Jim) Cox
Warren was the Chair of the forerunner of the School of Accountancy and a younger faculty member when he hired me in 1964. After service with the U.S. Army Air Corps, education at Evansville College and Indiana University, and service as a CPA, he had joined three long-time Ohio University Accounting faculty legends, Earnest (Ernie) Ray, William (Bill) Fenzel, and Ralph (Sid) Beckert. By 1964 Warren was taking a leadership position among the faculty. Warren had written a well-respected article in the Journal of Accountancy about materiality when that journal and The Accounting Review were the two premiere academic accounting journals.
Before my scheduled start at Ohio, Warren and his family returned to Nigeria for a second tour with the first USAID sponsored university educational program. He, Gussie, and their four sons returned to Ibadan, Nigeria for the tour with the College of Education administered program. It was during this two year assignment that Warren met with the Malaysian officials which ultimately led to Warren and Gussie going to Malaysia at the MARA Institute of Technology for a summer and then for an academic year in 1974-75. It was through Warren’s efforts in Malaysia that the College of Business was able to develop the ITM program and all of the subsequent opportunities that allowed our faculty to live and work in a new culture, an internationalization of our college faculty.
The Reininga family were incredible hosts to Ohio’s international student community. They, including the boys, brought rice from Columbus and helped to encourage local stores to have “larger” supplies of rice for international tastes. I know that every Malaysian student family and visitor was entertained at the Reininga’s home, as well as many, many other international students.
Warren was active with the Ohio University Credit Union when it was a few days a week operation, headquartered in the basement of the Methodist Church on College Street. He volunteered at other local small credit union ventures. He and Gussie were advocates for the mental health community. After serving on the Athens County Mental Health Board, Warren also served as Treasurer of the Gathering Place here in Athens and the OHIO N.A.M.I.
Warren was a great colleague and a better man.