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Andrew Barr, born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1901, was one of the earliest professional accounting executives to develop a career with the federal government. He died on November 29, 1995 at his Urbana home. Barr worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from 1938 to 1972: the last 16 years as chief accountant.1 This tenure made him the longest serving chief accountant to date. After living at the University Club in Washington, DC, for over 40 years, he returned after retirement to Urbana, a city where several generations of the Barr family had lived and worked as brick manufacturers.



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