|S. Michael Groomer|
|Date Of Birth:||November 4, 1942|
|Date Of Death:||June 9, 2012|
|Service Date:||Thursday June 14,2012|
S. Michael Groomer, 69, of Bloomington, IN, and also of
Springfield, MO, passed away at his Bloomington home on June 9,
2012. Mike was born November 4, 1942, in New Albany, IN, to Ellen
(Drabing) and Walter Earl Groomer, who preceded him in death.
Surviving immediate family members include his wife Carolyn, whom
he married October 15, 1966, daughter Emily O'Brien and husband
Mark O'Brien, and sister Ann Dixon and husband Martin Dixon.
Mike earned his undergraduate degree in business from the
University of Evansville and his masters and doctoral degrees in
Accountancy from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He was a
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information Systems
Auditor (CISA). He worked for various companies throughout his
teaching career, including Marathon Oil, Ernst & Ernst, and
Toche Ross & Co. He also served as a consultant for KPMG Peat
Mike had a dedication, enthusiasm, and passion
for teaching. He first started his career at the University of
Evansville for four years prior to receiving his Ph.D. In 1974,
Mike joined the accounting faculty at Indiana
University-Bloomington. While on staff Mike taught Introductory
Accounting (serving as the Course Coordinator), intermediate
financial accounting, accounting information systems, and auditing
at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 1990, Mike designed
what is the current-day undergraduate business honors program and
developed and taught the Undergraduate Business Honors Seminar. He
was also one of five faculty members who designed the current-day
Accounting Graduate Program. In his free time, he drummed in jazz
and big bands and earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and
After retiring from IU in 2008, Mike took an endowed professorship
as the Robert & Charlotte Bitter Distinguished Professor of
Business at Missouri State University (MSU) in Springfield. Mike
with fellow former IU professor Les Heitger designed, developed,
and taught a new graduate program in forensic accounting at
MSU. He was currently teaching at MSU until illness
Mike's research appeared in numerous leading accounting
journals, includingThe Journal of Information Systems,Decision
Sciences,andThe Accounting Review. He co-authored the
groundbreaking article that started the movement toward "continuous
auditing" that is currently a major issue in business. In
addition, he was the co-author of the first electronic business
book titled,Accounting Information Systems: A Database Approach.
Throughout his teaching career, Mike was recognized for teaching
excellence at the national, state, and local levels. Most notable
of all, he was beloved by his students, who say he was always
encouraging, kind, and extremely dedicated to his field.
Colleagues, students, friends, and loved ones appreciated his
strong work ethic and commitment to excellence.
Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home 4155 S. Old State Rd.
37, Bloomington, from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13. Funeral
services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, at the
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mike Groomer
Scholarship Fund at Missouri State University.