In memoriam: Norlin G. Rueschhoff, accountancy professor emeritus

Author: Carol Elliott

Norlin Rueschhoff

Norlin G. Rueschhoff, accountancy professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, died May 19 of a stroke. He was 81 years old.

Rueschhoff joined the University in 1969 and retired in 2006. Recognized as an expert in international accounting, financial accounting, and accounting for not-for-profit organizations, Rueschhoff was the author of numerous research articles, as well as the accountancy text published in 1998, “Accounting Within a Decision-Making Framework.”

He served as chair of the accountancy department from 1979 to 1983. Notre Dame awarded him the prestigious Kaneb Teaching Award in 2002, which recognizes excellence in teaching.

Since 1971, Rueschhoff played an active role as director and other executive positions with the Family First Center, F.I.R.E. Inc., a South Bend-based organization that assists families in crisis.

Rueschhoff earned a bachelor of science degree from Creighton University and his doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska. He also was a CPA in the state of Nebraska.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra (Michael) Ruddick; grandchildren, Alex, Krista and Rachel; sisters, Mary Ann Thege, Wyona Smith and Janelle Kleffner and brothers, Dennis Rueschhoff and Ivan Rueschhoff.

A viewing will be held May 23 (Monday) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Palmer Funeral Home-Hickey Chapel in South Bend, Ind. A rosary will be said at 4:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held May 24 (Tuesday) at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 52473 S.R. 933, South Bend. Online condolences may be sent to

Memorial contributions can be sent to the Family First Center, F.I.R.E. Inc. Checks should be made out to F.I.R.E. Inc. and can be sent to the attention of Linda Rohn, 605 Portage Ave., South Bend, IN 46616.