Hahn an honorary RotarianPublished 9:17pm Thursday, June 28, 2012
Vitamins and eye drops.
That’s the extent of Maurice S. Hahn’s medication regimen as he approaches his 94th birthday in July.
Hahn, retired since 1980 after a 30-year career as a certified public accountant, Monday night was made an honorary member of Niles-Buchanan Rotary Club for 62 years of active involvement, including the presidency in 1957-58 and attending four international conventions — Dallas, Chicago twice and Osaka, Japan.
“He’s an amazing man,” Rotary President Kim Wooden said, pointing out that Hahn who still attends meetings Monday noon at Riverfront Café.
Hahn, of Barron Lake, lost his first wife from Hammond, Ind., in 1991. He married Bobbi in 2001. They divide their time between Niles and North Carolina.
The oldest of five children who grew up in Mishawaka, four of his siblings are still living.
“I’ve not taken any major medications in years,” he said, explaining that eye drops are a concession to corneal transplants in both eyes. “If you give your body a chance, it will heal itself, but people want to get well quicker. I’m more patient than most people.
Hahn said longevity runs in his family. His mother lived to 91, an aunt to 102.
Hahn moved to Niles in 1950 carrying a degree in accounting from the University of Michigan and began a career which resulted in becoming a partner in a national firm that eventually employed 60 people.
He rejected offers that would have taken him to New York City and Chicago.
During the Depression, he worked two years after high school before he could afford college and served 3 1/2 years in the Army before returning to the University of Michigan for his master’s degree in business administration.
Hahn worked for a firm in Ann Arbor for 3 1/2 years until a school audit brought him to Niles. Fruit Belt in Cassopolis, forerunner of Midwest Energy, was a client throughout his career. Dowagiac Mayor Graham Woodhouse was another client.
Michigan required CPAs to reside in the state or to have an office here. A Chicago firm with an office in Fort Wayne, Ind., bought Maury’s office in the Masonic Temple on the corner of Third and Main streets, paying him $6,000, plus 80 percent of profit turned in Niles as a bonus. In 1955, he became a partner.
In 1959, his firm merged with a national firm in Boston, which had 15 offices west from Los Angeles to San Francisco. It merged with one of the eight largest firms in the nation to became Coopers and Lybrand before Maury retired.
Joining forces in 1998 with Price Waterhouse, the firm has been known as PwC since 2010.