• In Memoriam: Dr. Gilbert Geis (1925 - 2012)


    I regret to inform you that Gilbert Geis, Ph.D., CFE, 87, the ACFE’s second president and one of the early pillars of the ACFE, passed away Nov. 10 after a long illness.
    Dr. Geis, the former professor emeritus of criminology, law & society in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California at Irvine, was instrumental in forming the philosophy of the ACFE.

    Gil Geis was a giant in criminology research and teaching. His seminal ideas helped create the ACFE. He was a mentor and advisor to us. But above all, he was a genuine and kind friend. We will miss him greatly.

    Dr. Geis wrote the criminology section of the ACFE’s Fraud Examiners Manual and was the president from 1992 until 2002.

    “The promise in the pioneering work of [criminologist] Edwin Sutherland on white-collar crime [Sutherland coined the term] has been fulfilled more in the works of Geis than in the works of any other scholar,” wrote Robert F. Meier, Ph.D.

    Dr. Geis also held academic positions at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Sydney, the Institute of Criminology and Wolfson College at Cambridge University, California State University, State University of New York – Albany and the University of Oklahoma.

    He received numerous honors including the ACFE’s Donald R. Cressey Award, the first Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Professional Contributions in the Field of White-Collar Crime (thereafter called the Geis Award) from the National White-Collar Crime Center/White-Collar Crime Research Consortium, the Edwin H. Sutherland Award for Outstanding Contributions to Theory of Research in Criminology from the American Society of Criminology and the Fulbright Award, among many others.

    The Geis Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established under his name with the ACFE’s non-profit partner, the Institute for Fraud Prevention (IFP). It will specifically pay for doctoral-level research in the causational factors of fraud. Donations of any amount are encouraged and should be sent to:

    The Geis Memorial Scholarship Fund
    c/o The ACFE
    716 West Avenue
    Austin, TX 78701 USA

    Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA
    Founder and Chairman, ACFE