Lipscomb business education legend Axel Swang dies at 91
Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., reports:
Generations of accountants in the Nashville community and across the country were taught at the feet of a giant in business education — Axel W. Swang.
Today, the Lipscomb community is mourning the loss of Swang, who died Tuesday, Jan. 8 at age 91. He was known for producing accountants who were not only prepared for their professions but were also young men and women of integrity.
Swang arrived on the Lipscomb campus in 1947 as a $200-a-month accounting instructor intending to stay only one year. Some 45 years later in 1992, Swang finally left the Lipscomb classroom, leaving behind an accounting program that had a reputation as one of the best in the region.
“There is no end to the roll call of accountants who learned their craft from Axel Swang and owe their careers to him,” said Turney Stevens, dean of Lipscomb’s College of Business. “He was a tough teacher, but he always had the best interest of his students at heart. There would not be a College of Business today were it not for his hard work and the personal sacrifices he made to build this program. He could have pursued any number of career opportunities. But, he chose to stay at Lipscomb where he turned out world-class accountants. He was a special man.”
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Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Doris C. Swang Chapel in the Ezell Center, located on the Lipscomb University campus. Additional visitation is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Hillsboro Church of Christ in Nashville, with the funeral following at 11 a.m.