Edwin J. Kliegman, a co-founder of Top 20 Firm Marcum LLP, a founding father of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, and a passionate champion of small CPA practices, has died.

“Ed had a significant impact on many of us in the accounting profession,” said NCCPAP president Sandra Johnson, CPA. “As a founding father of NCCPAP, Ed was a source of strength, leadership and had a vast wealth of knowledge. As a mentor, Ed has helped shape the careers and lives of many of our members. I know I share a deep sense of loss with many others who had the privilege of calling Ed a friend.”

"The entire Marcum team is extremely saddened by the death of our firm’s co-founder," said Marcum managing partner Jeffrey Weiner. "Ed was a visionary who was widely respected not only by his clients and colleagues, but throughout the accounting profession. A leader who pioneered the establishment of the accounting business on Long Island, he was also very well known nationally and internationally as an outspoken proponent of the highest professional standards and a tireless advocate for the issues facing small and medium-sized accounting firms. Marcum LLP is proud to carry on his legacy.  When I joined Marcum & Kliegman in 1981, Ed became one of my mentors, and I will remember him with great admiration and affection always."

After graduating from City College of New York in 1946, Kliegman joined a small CPA firm, and went on to co-found Marcum & Kliegman with Edwin Marcum in 1951.

In the 1970s, he was one of the founders of NCCPAP, working with Eli Mason, Irwin Pomerantz, Herb Shoenfeld and others to help establish the then-fledgling organization, for which he received a Founders Award in 2013 (see “NCCPAP Honors Founders on 35th Anniversary”). In particular, he founded the group’s Nassau/Suffolk Chapter in 1979, serving as its first president. In the late 1980s, he served as national president of NCCPAP.

Kliegman was also active in other professional organizations, including the New York State Society of CPAs, where he was a past chair of the Small Practice Management Committee, and the American Institute of CPAs.

He was also a founder of ICPA Corp., one of the first independent accounting firms in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A prolific author, Kliegman wrote for many prominent accounting and business publications, and recently published a leadership manual, For Presidents Who Want to Change the Future.

In his community, Kliegman served as president of Temple Judea in Massapequa, Long Island, and was the first CPA to be elected trustee of the Village of Massapequa Park.


The service is slated for Friday January 23, at 1 p.m. at Temple B’nai Torah at 2900 Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh, N.Y. (516-221-2370).

Cards may be mailed to the family at: 78 Harbor Lane, Massapequa Park, N.Y. 11762.

Shiva will be held at 78 Harbor Lane on:

  • Saturday, January 24, from 7-9 p.m. (service at 8 p.m.);
  • Sunday, January 25, from 2-7 p.m. (service at 6 p.m.); and,
  • Monday, January 26, from 7-9 p.m. (service at 8 p.m.).

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