A Family Legacy of Accounting

Lillian Ragone and Dean Ragone CCAS’81, seated; standing, from left, Dr. Daniel Ragone Jr. RC’77, Daniel Ragone Sr., and David Ragone CCAS’88.

Lillian Ragone and Dean Ragone CCAS’81, seated; standing, from left, Dr. Daniel Ragone Jr. RC’77, Daniel Ragone Sr., and David Ragone CCAS’88.

Daniel J. Ragone Sr. and his wife, Lillian, founders of the Daniel J. Ragone Family Foundation, along with their sons, Dr. Daniel Jr., Dean, and David—all three Rutgers graduates who are trustees of the foundation—have honored Ragone Sr. by establishing an academic center at the Rutgers School of Business–Camden that bears his name.

The foundation, led by Ragone Sr., his wife, and three sons, in 2014 contributed more than $1 million to establish the Daniel J. Ragone, CPA Center for Excellence in Accounting. “The generous support of the Daniel J. Ragone Family Foundation establishes Rutgers–Camden as a hub for accounting expertise and skill that will benefit South Jersey and the Delaware Valley for decades,” said Jaishankar Ganesh, dean of the Rutgers School of Business–Camden. “We are indebted and deeply grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Ragone and their sons for their commitment to the sustained growth of Rutgers–Camden.”

Admiration of their father and his career inspired the Ragone brothers to honor him with the gift. In addition, Dean Ragone and his wife, Sharon, joined with the family foundation to give $50,000 to restore the grand staircase in the Rutgers–Camden Alumni House.

Ragone Sr., who grew up in Camden and graduated from Camden High School in 1945 and La Salle University in 1951, formed his own accounting firm in 1960. That firm—Ragone, Lacatena, Fairchild, & Beppel—continues to represent some of Delaware Valley’s most successful entrepreneurs. “Accounting is a gateway to long-term professional success,” said Ragone Sr., who has served on many profit and nonprofit boards and has received many honors. “Regardless of your profession or industry, accounting is vital to the growth of your business and the overall economic health of our region and nation.”

For more, visit the center’s website.

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