LeRoy Layton (July 16, 1914 - March 22, 2009)

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LeRoy Layton
  • July 16, 1914
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  • March 22, 2009

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LAYTON, LEROY – “Lee” Layton, 94, a resident of Longwood FL, passed away on March 22.  He was formally from Lansdowne, PA, Drexel Hill, PA, Franklin Lakes, NJ and New Smyrna Beach, FL.  Upon graduation from Drexel University in 1937 he began his CPA career with Main and Company. He became partner in 1944 and was named managing partner in 1964. The company eventually became a large international CPA firm. Mr. Layton retired as a senior partner of McClintock, Main LaFrentz-International (now part of KPMG). Lee Layton served as President of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and member and chairman of the Accounting Principles Board.  He earned the AICPA’s Gold Metal Award for Distinguished Service in 1975 and the John J. McCloy Award for outstanding contributions to audit excellence in 1990.  He was a member of the board of directors of CIT Financial Corp 1976-1982. In addition to his career responsibilities, he took leadership roles in his church and community. He was an active member of Drexel University’s Board of Trustees1964-86, including terms as Chairman of its Executive Committee and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Lee was a member of the Drexel 100 honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award. He was also a recipient of the A.J. Drexel Award for service and dedication to the University. He served as an advisory associate to the Division of Public Accounting at Rutgers University and as a member of the Manhattan College School of Business Advisory Council. ee Layton was on the Board of Directors for the Accountants for Public Interest, Washington DC 1975-88, serving as President 1983-86.  He was also on the Board of Directors of Accountants for Public Interest in NJ 1982-1988 and Spaulding for Children, Westfield, NJ 1983-1988.  An Eagle Scout himself, Lee was also active as an adult in the Boy Scouts serving on troop, district and council levels. He was also involved in financial affairs for the Methodist Churches in Drexel Hill, Wyckoff and New Smyrna Beach. He also volunteered his assistance with the financial records for two condominiums.   He is survived by his four children, Nancy McBryde of Longwood, FL, Marian Lloyd of Somerset, NJ, Carol Caffery of Woolwich Twp, NJ, Roy Layton of Mahwah, NJ, 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and a sister Anne L Berlinghof of Gwynedd, PA.  He was predeceased by his wife Marian Hall Layton. A memorial service will be held at the Grace United Methodist Church in Wyckoff, NJ. 

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  1. Kristin Ciechon says:
    07 Apr 2009
    My Grandfather was one of the greatest men that I have ever met. He lived ever moment of his live to the fullest and never took one minute for granted. He was one who could juggle a career and family and be 100% at both. I feel very blessed that my children were able to get to know and love him. I will miss my wonderful granddad immensely!

  2. corey layton says:
    03 Apr 2009
    Grandad was the most caring, loving, intelligent person I have met in my life. He was so smart, but his laugh and smile were really the best part of my memories I had with him. Patience is a virtue they say, and he had it. I remember him bringing me to the bustop when he would visit us in Mahwah, that day I was supposed to have memorized how to use a lock for my first locker in 4th grade. He sat with me teaching me patiently (very patient as I tended to be very resistant at sitting still and learning as a kid)! He continued to sit and instruct me on how to turn the lock back then forth... patiently...patiently.. until I finally learned how to unlock a lock. After one hour of sitting in the car, we missed the bus. Grandad said he did not mind bringing me to school, and just made sure I felt confident in unlocking that troublesome lock. After reahing school, he asked me if I remembered how to unlock it, I showed him I did proudly, and he just showed a HUGE smile. My grandad offered his advice, help, love, support and direction to anyone he knew. Patience is a virtue and smiles last forever. Love Always, Corey :0)

  3. Dan Cronin says:
    28 Mar 2009
    Lee was one of the finest and fairest gentlemen I have ever known. He was a great leader for Main Lafrentz. He and Marian set a high example for all CPA's to follow.

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