Cornelius E. Tierney

Cornelius E. Tierney, CPA and GWU Professor, of Lansdowne, VA, died on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at the age of 85. A long-time resident of Loudoun County, VA, he was a certified public accountant and a general partner and national director with Ernst & Young prior to retirement in 1992. From 1993, he was a professor of accountancy at the George Washington University until retirement from academe in 2005. Throughout his career, he specialized in federal financial management, authoring or co-authoring numerous books and professional articles on public sector accounting, auditing, and financial systems. Mr. Tierney, born on April 23, 1934, in Taunton, Massachusetts, moved to Loudoun County in 1970. From 1952 to 1956, Mr. Tierney served in the U.S. Navy on a destroyer mine-sweeper and later in the submarine service. He was a 1958 bachelors graduate of Bryant University (Smithfield, R. I.) in accounting and finance; a 1960 MBA graduate of Suffolk University (Boston, MA); and the 1992 recipient of a DBA, honoris causa, also from Bryant University. He enjoyed many good books, many miles of jogging and many rounds of golf. His survivors include his beloved wife of more than 60 years, Louise E. Tierney, and their children, daughter, Karen A. Tiller of Lansdowne, VA, and son, Kevin M. Tierney and his wife Jan of Ormond Beach, FL. In addition, he is survived by three grandchildren, Jennifer L. Hatfield and her husband Michael of Winchester, VA, Amy L. Tiller and her fiance Sean of West Palm Beach, FL, and Jeffrey D. Tiller and his partner Jonathan of San Francisco, CA.; and two great-grandchildren, Natalie and Carter of Winchester, VA. A private memorial service was held at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel, Leesburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Capital Caring, Philanthropy Department, 3180 Fairview Park Dr., Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22042 or or call 703-531-2380.

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