Robert  Yahr
Robert YahrMarquette University

O'Brien Hall

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-8050
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Associate Professor Emeritus of Accounting

Dr. Yahr came to Marquette University in September 1977, later receiving his doctorate in accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 1979. Previously, he received two other accounting degrees—a masters degree from UNL in 1972 and a bachelors degree from Drake University in 1970. Before beginning his doctorate, he worked with three national public accounting firms--Ernst & Ernst, Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. and Wolf & Co. He has taught a number of different accounting courses at Marquette in his 32 years at Marquette. In addition, he served one year as Acting Accounting Department Chairman, was the director of the initial Master of Accounting Science program, and is currently director of the department’s Internship Program.

His interests in governmental accounting are expanding beyond the traditional state and local governmental units to include both federal government accounting for the United States of American and governmental accounting in other countries.

He currently is a member of the Audit Advisory Committee at Milwaukee Area Technical College (the first Wisconsin governmental unit to have such a committee).


B. S. B. A., Drake University (1970)

M.A., University of Nebraska—Lincoln, (1972)

Ph. D., University of Nebraska—Lincoln, (1979)

Professional Interests

State & Local Governmental Accounting, Federal Government Accounting, Business Combinations and Consolidated Statements, Professional Communications in Accounting.

Selected Publications

“Further Evidence on the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Constituent Participation and Influence,” Accounting Enquiries, Vol. 3, No. 2 (February 1994), pp. 240-271. (Co-authored with Rita Hartung Cheng)

"Accounting for Goodwill and Related Intangibles in Bank Acquisitions," The Magazine of Bank Administration, Vol. 60, No. 11 (November 1984), pp. 54-60.

Honors and Awards

  • 2000 WICPA Government Accounting Service Award
  • CPA (Iowa), 1975

Personal Interests

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Lyric Opera (Chicago)
  • Music Under the Stars at Ravinia (Highland Park, IL)
  • Box seats at minor league baseball games.
  • Illinois Politics