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CPAFMA Founder Passes

By CPAFMA HQ posted 03-24-2022 12:24 PM


On Saturday, March 19, 2022, Clifford Brownstein of North Potomac, MD passed away peacefully with his wife at his bedside. Cliff was a founding member of the Association for Accounting Administrators (now CPA Firm Management Association).  Together with Don Scholl and Gene Cohen, Cliff was responsible for the organization and launching of the Association.  These three had the vision which has led to successful practice management for CPA firms throughout North America since 1984.

Beloved husband of Torri Schaffer Brownstein; devoted father of Evan (Laura), Kate (Grant), Alex and stepfather to Arielle (DJ) and Eric (Lisa); cherished grandfather of Audrey, Finley, Adelaide and Oliver; loving brother of Bonnie (Earl) and the late David (Fern); cherished uncle to a host of nephews and nieces, Cliff made an impact on colleagues, friends and family throughout his life.

Graveside service will be held privately. Shiva will be observed Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Please reach out directly to the family for Shiva details. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation ( or The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society ( Services entrusted to Sagel Bloomfield Danzanksy Goldberg Funeral Care.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Cliff's family and many friends.  He will be forever remembered as Mr. Triple A.