In Memoriam: Dr. Frederick Lindahl

photo - Dr. Frederick Lindahl
October 30, 2018

The GW School of Business (GWSB) community was saddened to learn of the death of Frederick Lindahl, associate professor of accountancy, who passed away this weekend. Dr. Lindahl had been a member of the GWSB faculty since 1993.

“Fred contributed so much — his loss will be felt by our students, his colleagues, the school and the university,” Dean Anuj Mehrotra said. “His family and loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.”

“Fred Lindahl was a perfect gentleman, always kind and conscientious. His dedication to his students, his colleagues, his university and his profession was on display every day,” said Robin Tarpley, chair of the Accountancy Department. “He especially will be remembered as a true friend and mentor to our Ph.D. students.”

Dr. Lindahl earned an M.B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to GWSB, he taught at the Turku School of Economics in Finland; INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France; Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; and Northeastern University. Dr. Lindahl was also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy and an audit manager for Price Waterhouse & Co. for six years.

A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Dr. Lindahl served his nation as an active duty pilot, flying fighter, transport and reconnaissance aircraft, achieving the rank of captain and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. Later, in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he rose to the rank of colonel and earned the Legion of Merit.

He is the author of the following publications:

  • “Accounting Quality in the Eastern EU after Communism” (with H. Schadéwitz), Journal of East-West Business, 2017
  • “Financial Reporting Standards: Global or International?” with H. (Schadéwitz), Business Quest (B>Quest), March 2016
  • “Are Legal Families Related to Financial Reporting Quality?” (with Hannu Schadéwitz), Abacus, June 2013
  • “Did Auditors Need Reforming? The Need for SOX,” (with A. Fredriksson), The Finnish Journal of Business Economics, 2009

Dr. Lindahl is survived by his wife Elizabeth, daughters Virginia Lindahl and Kristine Lindahl-Currie, grandsons Benjamin Lecker and Nate and Noah Currie, and his sisters, Susan Costa and Dottie Guenther.

There will be a memorial service for Dr. Lindahl on November 10, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at:

Everly Wheatley Funeral Home
1500 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22302

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: