In nominating Professor John G. McWilliams, fellow Class of ’65 graduate Ken Jarvis wrote that John is “a very good friend of mine. He has carved out quite a career as an educator in California…John is an expert in corporate tax law, and serves on a national committee for the purpose of educating young people in the area of financial literacy.” The Golden Gate University’s website reports that:
John McWilliams is a professor at Golden Gate University teaching tax classes in both the Masters of Accountancy and Master of Science in Taxation programs. He received the Golden Gate University Outstanding Service Award in 2010. John is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the State Bar of California. He consults with lawyers and accountants on tax matters of their clients. He is an active participant in both the American Institute of CPAs and California Society of CPAs. He served as Vice Chair of CALCPA and President of the San Francisco Chapter of CALCPA. John has been a California representative to the AICPA Council. He has served on two AICPA Tax Division Technical Resource Panels (Corporations and Shareholders and Partnerships). He currently is a member of the AICPA Financial Literacy Commission. John is the author of two chapters of the CCH Expert Treatise Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders. Before joining Golden Gate University, some positions John held include professor at both San Francisco State University and San Jose State University and Tax Manager at Price Waterhouse. John graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from Ohio State University and holds a J.D. from Duke University Law School.
Before accomplishing all of this, McWilliams was a student at GHS. While in high school, he was a member of the varsity basketball team (1963-65), attended Buckeye Boys State his junior year, and was selected for membership in the National Honor Society. McWilliams says of his days at GHS, “…my ‘most valuable’ teachers were Moulton Dewalt and
Art Enoch. They both helped me learn how to think and how to communicate.”
When asked about his life beyond career and academia, McWilliams noted that “In 1971 I had the very good luck to marry Jody Ahearn (GHS 1965).” They have two sons, Ian (33), Boulder, CO, and Paul (27), San Francisco, where John and Jodi have lived since 1972. They love the Bay Area and Northern California.
Their sons attended a small private school where John volunteered as a board member and Treasurer. He reports that “An active, focused parent group was able to grow a small elementary school with nominal resources to become a middle school which owns its own building in San Francisco.”
McWilliams enjoys hiking, camping, reading, music and writing. He is a sports fan and enjoys baseball and basketball. He describes himself as a “long suffering, finally rewarded Golden State Warriors fan.” His goals are to take care of himself and his family, to help others be all they can be, and to have fun with my life.
His advice to students: “Do the things that matter to you…even if you think you can’t do them. Surprising yourself is a lot of fun!”