Durham, N.C. — Ralph E. Kent, senior partner and chairman of Ernst & Young predecessor firm Arthur Young from 1965 to 1977, died on June 26 in Durham, N.C. He was 88.

Kent spent his entire professional career with Arthur Young in the New York office. He also served for 16 years on the consultant panel of the Comptroller General of the United States. He was president of the American Institute of CPAs — the title then used for the AICPA’s top-ranked volunteer — from 1968 to 1969 and a life member of the AICPA Council from then until his death.

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