PHILIP L. DEFLIESEI first met Phil Defliese at a dinner meeting sponsored by the City College Fund. He was good looking with curly dark hair, and as each of us identified himself, Phil said, "I am Philip Defliese of Lybrand, Ross Bros. & Montgomery."

Philip L. Defliese entered the School of Business of the City College of New York in 1930, worked during the day as a bookkeeper and attended the School of Business at night for eight years, graduating in 1938. Those of us who attended, as I did, that college at 17 Lexington Avenue (known as the poor boys' Harvard) did so for several reasons. First, it was tuition-free, which was important during the Depression years of the 1930s. Second, it had an outstanding group of teachers of accountancy, including Professors Emanuel Saxe, Stanley B. Tunick, John Neuner and Irving Chaykin. Third, a diploma from the School of Business of CCNY usually ensured a job - the college had more graduates who became CPAs than any other college in the nation.

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