Accounting Department News Detail
College Presents Accounting Alumni Society Lifetime Achievement Awards
Earlier today, St. John Fisher College honored James Gallagher ’56 and the late Paul Wamp ’68 with the Accounting Alumni Society Lifetime Achievement Award during a luncheon held at the Genesee Valley Club. The luncheon served as the kick-off event of the College’s Homecoming Weekend.
Gallagher grew up in Rochester, and attended Sacred Heart School and Aquinas Institute. After graduating from Fisher, he went on to earn his MBA from Harvard Business School. He took a position in the Tax Department with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 1958. The company then transferred him to Orange County, California, in 1964 and he became a partner in 1970. In 1971, he was named President of the Long Beach Orange County CPA Society. And in 1973, PwC moved him to Phoenix, where he remained with the company until retiring in 1990.
From 1958-1961, Gallagher served in the New York National Guard. He was involved with several organizations, including the Tenth Ward Republican Club (Rochester), Catholic Community Foundation of Phoenix, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and St. Theresa Parish Finance Committee. In addition, he served as a board member for the Arizona State University Accounting Advisory Board, Catholic Cemeteries, Gerard Catholic High School, LaPurisima Parish Council and Parent Teachers, and the Christ Child Society.
Today, he lives in Phoenix with his wife, Barbara, and enjoys spending time with his four children and six grandchildren.
Wamp was born in Dansville in 1946. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Fisher, he went to work as a Certified Public Accountant for Pete Marwick Mitchell in Rochester, settling in Penfield with his wife, Marilynn. He was very active in the community as a member of St. Joseph’s Church, a volunteer for Catholic Charities of Rochester, and a member of the Rotary Club and Penfield Country Club. He also participated in many Fisher alumni activities.
He passed away in 1995 after a courageous battle with cancer, leaving behind his wife and their two children, Martin and Marcy. His family was at the luncheon to accept his award.
James Gallagher and President Bain.
Wamp's son (Martin), daughter (Marcy), and wife (Marilynn), accept his award during the luncheon.