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In Memoriam

Tracie Ritchie


Larry Jennings


Larry Jennings, CFE, CPA, 49; and Tracy Ritchie, CFE, CPA, 41; both of Houston, Texas were among five people fatally wounded when terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan fired upon their vehicle on Nov. 14, 1997. All five were employees of Houston-based Union Texas Petroleum Holdings Inc. Mr. Ritchie served as senior audit supervisor and Mr. Jennings served as audit manager for the company. They were en route to Union Texas' Karachi office.

The Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program was named after two members by the ACFE to honor their dedication to the anti-fraud profession.

John W. Menn
1947 - 2010

John W. Menn passed away on Monday, November 22, 2010.  John served the Houston Chapter as President from 1995 to 1996.  He was born in Houston, Texas October 13, 1947 to John W. Menn Sr. and Mary Lackey.  John graduated from Chester High School and received his Master’s in Mathematics from the University of Houston.  He was married to Carolyn Boutte and lived in the Mission Bend area of West Houston and later in Katy, Texas. 

John worked for various companies during his career including the insurance company VALIC, which later became part of AIG.  He and his wife Carolyn also started their own company, Mission Bend Trophies which grew out of their love for swimming and his support of the neighborhood swim league.   This also grew out of his love of his family who he enjoyed camping, playing cards, going on cruises and Sunday afternoon lunches with his family.  John is survived by his wife Carolyn, three sons: Brain, Troy and Zachary; Daughter-in-law: Tanya; Mother-in law Lena Doyle and two grandchildren, Cain and Kalix. 

John was also active in several other organizations including the Institute of Internal Auditors and was President of the local chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in 1994.  John was a friend to all and you could always count on him for help, and support.  The Houston Chapter benefited from his help, leadership and support, since he was on the board for many years in various capacities.  In addition, through his Mission Bend Trophies, he provided us with beautiful plaques for speakers and awards for officers for many years. 

J. David Ahola
1948 - 2014
Former Houston ACFE Chapter President and Board Member

David, who was universally loved by all who knew him will be sorely missed. He had recently retired from public accounting and held CPA, CFE, CIA, CRSM professional designations. In addition, David continued as an Adjunct Professor of Enterprise Risk Management at Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. In honor of David and his commitment to the field of Audit and Risk Management, a scholarship has been established at the University of Houston in his name. Those wishing to donate can contact the Bauer College of Business, John R. Ryan at jrryan@uh.edu or call at 713-743-4470.

Houston Area ACFE Chapter
PO Box 22853
Houston, Texas 77227-2853

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