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Thomas Franklin Keller

Thomas Franklin Keller, business administration educator. Certified Public Accountant, North Carolina. Recipient Outstanding Educator award, North Carolina Association Certified Public Accountant's, 1997, University medal, Duke University, 2001; fellow Haskins and Sells Foundation, University Michigan, 1959, Ford Foundation, Duke University, 1960, 1961.


  • Keller, Thomas Franklin was born on September 22, 1931 in Greenwood, South Carolina, United States. Son of Cleaveland Alonzo and Helen (Seago) Keller.

  • Education

    • AB, Duke University, 1953. Master of Business Administration, University Michigan, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy, University Michigan, 1960.

      HHD (honorary), Clemson University, 1987.


    • Member faculty Fuqua School Business Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, since 1959, associate professor, 1962-1967, professor, 1967-1974, Richard Joshua Reynolds professor North Carolina, 1974—2004, chairman department management science North Carolina, 1974-1996, vice provost, 1971-1972, dean Fuqua School Business, 1974-1996. Dean Fuqua School Business Europe, Frankfurt, 1999-2001. Dean emeritus Fuqua School of Business, since 2004.

      Professor emeritus Richard Joshua Reynolds, since 2004. Member editorial board Duke University Press, 1970-1987. Visiting associate professor Carnegie Mellon University, 1966-1967, University Washington, Seattle, 1963-1964.

      Consultant to government and industry. Fulbright-Hays lecturer, Australia, 1975. Board directors Wendy's International, Dublin, Ohio, Biogen Idec, Cambridge, Mass, 2008, director Child Care Service Association, North Carolina Mus.Life Science.

    Major achievements

    • Certified Public Accountant, North Carolina.


    • Intermediate Accounting
    • An intermediate accounting text which frames the financial reporting function of accounting in the context of the decision-support role it serves.


    Elder Presbyterian Church. Trustee Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Director North Carolina Zoological Society, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina With Army of the United States, 1953-1955.

    Member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Accounting Association (vice president 1967-1968, editor journal 1972-1975), North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, Finance Executives Institute, University Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Sigma, Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Kappa Psi.



    Hiking, fishing, reading, sailing.


    • Married Margaret Neel Query, June 15, 1956. Children: Thomas Crafton (deceased), Neel McKay, John Caldwell.
    • father: Cleaveland Alonzo Keller
    • mother: Helen (Seago) Keller
    • spouse: Margaret Neel Query
    • children: Thomas Crafton Keller (deceased)
    • Neel McKay Keller
    • John Caldwell Keller
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    • 1953
      Duke University
    • 1957
      University Michigan
    • 1960
      University Michigan
    • 1987
      Clemson University
    • 1959
      Member, faculty Fuqua School Business Duke University
      Durham, United Kingdom
    • 1971 - 1972
      Member, faculty Fuqua School Business Duke University
    • 1974 - 1996
      Member, faculty Fuqua School Business Duke University
    • 1999 - 2001
      dean Fuqua School Business Europe
      Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany, Hessen, Germany, Germany
    • 2004
      dean emeritus Fuqua School of Business
    • 2004
      professor, emeritus R.J. Reynolds
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