Washington (May 6, 2003) -- Francis R. Isbell, a CPA and tax lawyer who retired in 1998 after nearly 14 years with the Waldorf, Md.-based accounting firm Ferreira & Isbell, died of pneumonia April 13 at his home in Kensington, Md.

Isbell, 86, founded his small firm in 1985 with partner David M. Ferreira. The two first met in 1971 when they worked for the New York CPA firm Westheimer, Fine, Berger, & Co., which later merged with Elmer Fox & Co. to become Elmer Fox Westheimer & Co. That firm is now part of Deloitte & Touche.

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