A Special Tribute to My Open Sharing Friend Will Yancey by Bob Jensen ---
Bob Jensen's statement on open sharing ---
Also see Steve Blow's article in the Dallas Morning News, December 18,
or Click Here
If any of you know somebody who might make a similar "irreversible mistake" you might tell them how devastating this is was to his family, friends, and the world that badly misses his continued open sharing.
Will Yancey passed over to the other side on February 11, 2010.
Although he had visited our cottage, we were closest via email with messages about every other day.
I will miss him a whole lot and hope that he's found peace and harmony.
I wrote the tribute below while Will was very much alive and sending me lots of stuff
"William Fredrick "Will" Yancey," Dallas Morning
News, February 14, 2010 ---
Thank you Arnie Barkman
Yancey, William Fredrick "Will" Will Yancey, PhD, CPA, loving husband and devoted father, resident of Dallas and Maine, passed away February 11, 2010 at home in Dallas. Will was born Aug. 30, 1956 in Boston, MA to Marianne and Joel Yancey. He earned a BA from Dartmouth College, 1978, Master of Forestry from Duke Univ., 1980, a Bachelor of Accounting, UM Duluth 1983, a Master of Business Taxation, UM Twin Cities, 1987, and a PhD in Accounting, UT Austin, 1993. He married the love of his life, Carol Gabriel, on July 5, 1986. Will, a former TCU professor, was self-employed in accounting, specializing in statistical sampling. He had many professional publications and was honored with many awards, including having his website, www.willyancey.com being listed as 'Best of the Web' by Forbes Magazine. Will generously gave his time in service to the community. An Eagle Scout, Will actively volunteered as an assistant scout leader in Troops 2150, 86, and 751, mentoring many boys as they strived for the Eagle Scout rank, including his son, Michael. He also remained active in the Circle 10 Council, Order of the Arrow, Mikanakawa Lodge. He served as photographer for the Jesuit/Ursuline Ranger Band. Will also interviewed undergraduate applicants for Dartmouth College for 26 years. He is survived by wife, Carol, son, Michael, sister Julie and husband Kevin, sister Margaret and husband Gordon, and many nieces and nephews, including Wendy who lived several years with the Yancey family. Will was loved and admired by many and will be remembered for his love of the outdoors and kayaking, teaching spirit, generosity, and willingness to help. A funeral vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. Sunday February 14, 2010 at All Saints Catholic Church ( Arapaho @ Meadowcreek ) in Dallas. Friends will have the opportunity to greet the family in the church following the vigil. The Funeral Mass will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday at All Saints with Rev. Phil Postel SJ - Celebrant. A reception will follow in the All Saints Parish Center. Interment will occur at a later date in Maine. If desired memorial gifts may be made in Will's name to: Order of the Arrow, Circle Ten Council, 8605 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75235
You may sign a virtual guestbook for Will at http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookID=2491220731329
Now that Will Yancey has passed on, we don’t have any idea
what will become of his very, very open sharing Website at
It might be worth your while to scan over the above site and jot down the links that might be important in your life. For example, Will made a lot of money in compliance testing and his expertise on stratified sampling. If those topics interest you or are of possible interest to your students, I suggest you look carefully at all the important material (including hot links) shared by Will.
Will also consulted heavily in law and litigation support. You might also note those topics.
Will also provides a lot of helpers for studying family history and genealogy.
I really, really, really hope that Will’s valuable open sharing page will be carried on by somebody somehow. But in case it is taken down, you may not want to overlook this chance to record what is most of interest to you.
My tribute to Will written long before his sudden and unexpected death is at
February 14, 2010 reply from Francine McKenna [retheauditors@GMAIL.COM]
You raise an interesting issue with regard to prolific writers, educators who have significant public/web presence.
http://www.adelemcalear.com/ See her new startup DeathAndDigitalLegacy.com
From the CFO Journal's Morning Ledger on April 24, 2014
Wal-Mart outlines compliance reforms. Wal-Mart
Chief Compliance Officer Jay Jorgensen chose to split its compliance and legal operations into separate departments as part of its overhaul of compliance programs, reports Compliance Week’s Matt Kelly. That change was one of many outlined in the company’s Global Compliance Program Report, which gives a detailed review of changes made so far. Mr. Jorgensen also sought to bring consistency to compliance efforts which often vary dramatically between regional divisions.
In his shortened lifetime Will Yancey had great vision on the future of compliance careers. To prove it he made a lot of money consulting in one aspect of compliance testing. He became an expert in stratified sampling as applied to a wide variety of compliance issues ---
Will also became my hero for his open sharing of knowledge.
Why is so very, very much given away for free on the Web, blogs, social networks, and listservs?
How can you seriously study and share your own ancestry?
The question about free sharing is a complicated question that has many complicated answers. Many, many people and companies and other organizations are truly being benevolent without any intention other than to do good things for the world. In some of those instances they do so as anonymously as possible. In other instances they get non-monetary rewards for recognitions and honors received for their efforts to do good things in the world. Sometimes the open sharing is from wealthy people, large companies, or prestigious universities feeling a need to share for reasons other than added wealth or recognitions --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/updateee.htm#OKI
In some instances they eventually hope to make money for themselves and to maintain the often high costs of giving things away for free on the Web, with Google being the poster child of a company that started giving things away that turned the free things into billions upon billions of revenue (that among other things helps maintain the costs of over a million Web servers giving away free searches).
It often, very often, pays more to give than to receive
In many instances sharing expertise for free on the Web is the key to financial success, although not all successful open sharing Web sites were created initially with the intention of making profits. Neither Will Yancey nor Bob Jensen created enormous Websites with the original intent of making a dime from our efforts, and neither of us make any sales pitch whatsoever on our open sharing sites. We both will continue to open share if we never make another dollar from open sharing.
A Tribute to former tax professor and
Eagle Scout Will Yancey ---
This is a huge success story about a professor of taxation who left academe to build a tremendously successful consulting business (surprisingly not in tax accounting) which he operates mostly out of his home via telephone and the Internet. Among other things he's building a fortune on, among other things, stratified sampling expertise and compliance.
In many instances sharing expertise for free on the Web
is the key to financial success
Some successful professor consultants do so on the basis of their degrees and or current employment at prestigious universities like Harvard, Wharton, MIT, Stanford, Chicago, etc. More often than not these professors do not share freely on the Internet. I call these halo consultants living under the halos of affiliations with prestigious universities.
What makes the Will Yancey story interesting is that Will, like me,
attributes much of his success to open-sharing (free) in the Internet ---
In a much more successful way than me, however, corporations seek out Will Yancey for lucrative consulting based often on finding his free Website material via Web crawlers like Google, Yahoo, and Bing --- http://www.willyancey.com/
And he makes a fortune barefooted while looking out from his ocean-front office. Mostly he consults on the Telephone and via email and, of course, writing reports and doing statistical analysis in his home offices in Maine and Texas.
Will's son is now a first-year student at Trinity University. Good choice ---
On October 25, 2009 Will Yancey was an overnight guest in our cottage on his
return to Maine from a homecoming weekend at Dartmouth College. Will and his
wife, Carol, have two beautiful homes, one in Dallas and the other fantastic
home is a new place about ten miles north of Bar Harbor (by boat) on Lemoines
Turning Lemons into Lemonade Consulting ---
Will Yancey earned an accountancy PhD at the University of Texas and then served on the faculty at TCU for six years as a tax professor. While at he was at TCU and I was still slaving away at Trinity University, I was impressed by his early-on free Web site of taxation helpers. His Web site was recognized in The CPA Journal, Technology Section, "Website of the Month: WillYancey.com", December 2004, page 60. Will's site was recognized by Forbes as one of the top eight web sites for tax planning (Forbes Interactive Money Guide, Fall 1999, page 77, www.forbes.com/bow/b2c/review.jhtml?id=497).
Will Yancey no longer maintains the detailed taxation part of his huge Web site but links to a tremendous taxation helper site started by an avid hunter and professor at the University of Northern Iowa, Dennis Schmidt, that was later sold for big bucks to a commercial outfit --- http://www.taxsites.com/help.html (another story of free sharing turned into financial success).
It is difficult to pigeon hole the expertise of Will Yancey that is now the basis of his consulting practice. You get clues by scanning the various categories and extensive referencing of literature available at http://www.willyancey.com/
At dinner Sunday evening, Will brought up a puzzle about how best to very precisely estimate the weight of a catch of over ten tons of fish catch comprised of fish of various sizes from minnows to large Blue Fin Tuna. The added catch is that your scale is limited to weighing 100 lbs at a time.
A Will Yancey Puzzle for You to Figure Out
Will Yancey does not fish or weigh fish, but the above puzzle is a key to much of his success in consulting in health care compliance, legal ruling and government regulation compliance, and other types of categories shown at http://www.willyancey.com/
If you want to study your own genealogy, Will Yancey's site provides many
helpful links on how to go about doing so ---
An added thing that impressed me about Will Yancey is his dedication to his Jewish and Lutheran family ancestry. Will's family is rooted in a large and wealthy Lutheran estate owners in Poland and Germany --- http://willyancey.com/famhist.htm
Some of his ancestors were murdered in Hitler's death camps.
Especially note the Jewish history links at http://willyancey.com/sources.htm
A truly fascinating story is the history of Will's mother who was sent alone as a very small child first to England (to escape being murdered by the Nazi regime) and then on to America. She lived in the home of a British diplomat in London who later moved his family to the country to protected them from the Blitzkrieg. She was a brilliant master of seven languages and attended prestigious universities to become a chemist before giving birth to Will Yancey. Will's father was also a chemist.
This report is about the trip by Will Yancey and his mother, Marianne Yancey, in May 1997 to southern England and Wroclaw, Poland --- http://willyancey.com/europe97.htm
Here's the family estate house where Marianne Yancey was born ---
Update on November 7, 2011
My name is Inge Andrews. You have a link to my Paschkerwitz pages on your web site. I would like to ask you a favour. Since the death of Will I don't have access to my pages any more and consequently cannot do any updating. However, in the meantime I have found a new web host and have created a new page with additions of new pictures and documents.
May I ask you to change the link to the new pages? http://www3.telus.net/mga01/P
aschkerwitz/Paschkerwitz_en.htProviding you still like to keep the Paschkerwitz link on your web site. It would be greatly appreciated. m
With kind regards
White Rock, Canada
Will Yancey found a small piece of the old house while walking about on the
grounds in 1997.
Especially note all the links and old photographs and the evacuation link, in the left-side column.
Here's the estate house where she was born that was later destroyed by partying Russian soldiers:
While listening to Will Yancey talk about his family roots, Erika was
especially fascinated because she too was a refuge forced to as a small child to
be a refuge on the road, only in her case she was forced out of Czechoslovakia
by communists at the end of World War II who forced her family off the farm in
front of gun barrels. Erika and her mother were eventually smuggled into Germany
by an American soldier in a Jeep who picked them up on the side of the road ---
Erika spent part of her early life living in an unheated garden shack on the outskirts of Munich and attended her first years of school in a school building with bomb holes in the roof. Some nights she helped crawl in the dark to steal a few survival potatoes in nearby fields.
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Also see http://www.willyancey.com/finding.htm#family-history
Knowledge Transfer by Will Yancey
This is a very personal message that Will Yancey allowed me to forward.
My tribute to him is at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/Yancey.htm
I did not request that he write the message below. He felt compelled on his own to do so.
Hello Bob and John,
I am very pleased I was able to spend time visiting in person with Bob in October and John in November. I consider both of you outstanding accounting educators with years of service that can never be fully appreciated by outsiders. Thanks for sharing your time and talent.
When I was a university business school professor in 1992-1998, I recall faculty evaluations could be based on five categories: research publications, teaching, service, advising, and consulting. Every university has different weighting criteria. In my opinion these five categories are a reasonable way to evaluate how faculties contribute to the mission of knowledge transfer. I know some faculty will be better in some areas than others.
My concern is that the business schools as a whole are not delivering on all five categories at a high level. In the past 11 years since I left full-time academe, I have thought a lot about these five categories. Without venting too much I will say that many of the full-time business school faculty have become too inwardly directed. They compare themselves to other business schools in their same category without serious consideration of alternative suppliers in the knowledge transfer industries.
To what extent are the business school faculty regularly investigating the “competitors” such as community colleges, for-profits such as University of Phoenix, CPE providers, in-house training programs, web sites, and consulting firms? Not much. Instead too many faculty are inwardly focused on their university salaries, benefits, and teaching loads. Instead of trying to maintain universities “as they were”, consider that our society is undergoing fundamental change. Society cannot support as many full-time faculty doing what they have been doing.
In my humble opinion, universities are losing market share in the knowledge transfer world. There is no doubt that tenure-track faculty will become a smaller share of the knowledge transfer industry. A few faculty and deans will rise to the challenges of this new world and some will not. Some universities will thrive and some will not. Many bright young people are rationally choosing not to enter PhD programs and the trail to tenure. The process from entering a PhD program to receiving tenure takes 9 to 20 years and that is not what young people want. If business schools cannot attract a lot of bright young people, they will seek other outlets for their talents.
Allow me to share a few observations on my own practice. Since June 2000 I have been a full-time self-employed consultant working from my office in my home. I have almost no W-2 income, and live entirely on projects that range from a few hours to several years. I teach in many venues: for-profit and not-for-profit CPE providers, in-house training classes, and sometimes as a university guest lecturer. I do presentations before judges, attorneys, and accountants. I do publish in practitioner journals, maintain my website links, and have developed some new methods in applying statistical sampling to accounting data. I do advise young people and other professionals on the skills they need to advance their careers. As a nice side benefit my financial income is much higher than I could achieve as a full-time university professor. I also can chose when I want to work from my homes in Dallas or Maine or from a hotel anywhere in the world. My success was built from 40 years of education and consulting experience beginning when I was in high school and the Boy Scouts.
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A Special Tribute to My Open Sharing Friend Will Yancey ---
Giving Stuff Away Free on the Internet ---
My Outstanding Educator Award Speech ---