Oral history interview with Lawrence Ross, 2016  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Ross, Lawrence, 1937-
Oral history interview with Lawrence Ross
2016 (inclusive)
Originals as received: 1 digital audio file (WAV), 1 text file (PDF), and 1 image file (JPEG)
Collection Number
6108 (Accession No. 6108-001)
Interview with a native-Seattlite who is part of the Jewish American community
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Lawrence “Larry” Ross (1937- ) was born in Seattle. His parents emigrated separately from Russia in the early 1900s and met in Seattle. They married in 1929. He attended Garfield High School and the University of Washington. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting in 1959. He has been working for large accounting firms in the city ever since.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Doris Stiefel interviewed Lawrence Ross on 14 June 2016. In the interview, Ross outlines his family's history. He grew up in the Madison and Madrona areas, attended local schools, and joined the AZA. His family belonged to Herzl congregation where he attended Hebrew school and had his Bar Mitzvah. As a student at the University of Washington he joined the Jewish fraternity of Sigma Alpha Mu. He graduated from the UW School of Business in 1959 with a BA in accounting. After passing the exam and completing the requisite two years of public accounting experience (with Wayne Droker), Ross obtained his CPA certificate. He then started his long career at the Seattle accounting firm, Friedman, Lobe and Block, and its successor firms. He details the history and growth of the firm. Founded as Friedman and Lighter in Seattle in the 1920s by Samuel Friedman and Jacob Lighter, it became Friedman, Lobe and Block and merged in 1969 with a national firm, Laventhol (Krekstein, Horwath) & Horwath. Subsequent to bankruptcy of the national firm, the Seattle partners regrouped and established the local firm, Bader Martin Ross and Smith, now known as Bader Martin. Ross comments on changes in the firm, on accounting practice in general, and in the Seattle Jewish community. Fewer students elect to go into accounting and there are fewer Jewish accountants coming into the profession. From being a predominantly Jewish accounting firm that had a large Jewish clientele and was actively involved in the Jewish community, it has evolved to a larger, more diverse firm that is no longer primarily Jewish and serves fewer Jewish businesses.

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Forms part of the Washington State Jewish Archives

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Alternative Forms Available

Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Accountants--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Accounting firms--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Greek letter societies--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jewish college students--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Personal Names :
  • Ross, Lawrence, 1937---Family
  • Ross, Lawrence, 1937---Interviews
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Oral histories
  • Photographs
  • Transcripts
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Stiefel, Doris J (interviewer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (host institution)

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)