Susan M. Milstein, a longtime McDaniel College professor of economics and business administration who taught students through tough love, died in December. 3 Complications of Alzheimer’s Disease from Carroll Hospital Center. The Westminster resident is 77 years old.
“Susan is very proficient in her subject and deeply cares about her students,” said Ethan Seidel, who began teaching at McDaniel in 1969 and served as chair of the Department of Economics and Business Administration from 2012 until his retirement in 2021 .
“After they left college, she continued to follow them. That was just in her nature. She took care of everyone and was like a hen in our department,” Professor Seidel said. “Her students love her, she has high standards and teaches them with tough love, and they appreciate it.”
He added: “She changed lives. That’s her legacy.”
Susan Frances Matz, the daughter of cab driver Paul Matz and housewife Belle Cohen Matz, was born in Baltimore and raised on Queensbury Avenue in northwest Baltimore.
She graduated from Forest Park High School in 1961 at the age of 16 and received a bachelor’s degree in history and social science from what is now Towson University in 1966, She later earned a master’s degree in secondary education in 1974. While on the faculty at McDaniel University, she earned an MBA from Mount Saint Louis University. University of Mary.
From 1966 to 1971, she taught history at Western High School. She later served as an adjunct instructor at what was then Western Maryland College, the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, and Catonsville Community College at Carroll.
In 1983, Professor Milstein joined the Department of Economics and Business Administration at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) after first passing the CPA exam.
“As a CPA, she combines her love of math with her passion for teaching. A popular instructor known for “really wanting to help students” and “making learning fun,” she Played an important role in helping to develop the College’s accounting curriculum, including creating an intermediate accounting class to ensure students were prepared to sit for the National CPA Examination,” according to a McDaniel College statement announcing her death.
An avid Mahjong fan, Professor Milstein is also known for her January dual credit course in which she teaches the ancient Chinese game known as the “Game of Thrones.”
She told The Sun in a 1996 article that “to the best of her knowledge, Western Maryland is the only university in the country that offers mahjong as a graduation credit.”
Professor Milstein is also passionate about community service. In 1991, she launched the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA program, to provide free tax help to low- and moderate-income taxpayers. The program also provides hands-on experience for her economics and business students who help prepare tax returns and assist clients by answering their questions.
In recognition of her work, she received a Faculty Achievement Award from the Academy, as well as a certificate from the Internal Revenue Service. In 1992, she received the Distinguished Accounting Teaching Award from the Maryland Institute of Certified Public Accountants for her “indispensable” role in the College’s intermediate accounting studies.
Professor Milstein introduced Interview Day in 2007, which not only helps students prepare for the workplace, but also helps them secure internships and jobs while they are students.
The idea behind Interview Day is to get companies to agree to come to campus and conduct what she calls “quick interviews” with students.
“It’s kind of overwhelming for any student to do that,” she explained in a 2007 interview with the Carroll County Times. “But these students are very good at interviewing, well-trained … It’s a small accounting program, but when we graduate them, they’re ready.”
Professor Milstein is so devoted to her students that she picks up the phone and calls companies to find them jobs.
“When it comes to my students,” she told the paper, “I support them.”
“She was a talented woman who was always on the cutting edge,” said nephew Eddie Matz. “As a CPA, in a male-dominated world where there aren’t many women, she was a working woman. She was socially and internationally aware before it was fashionable.”
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In his eulogy, Mr. Matz added: “Before globalization was global, she was global, and she went out of her way to welcome international students into her home. Into her family, really.”
“She reached out to people who couldn’t afford an accountant. She helped people who couldn’t. She was also a great mother and parent,” said Ron Matz, a retired Baltimore radio and television personality.
Professor Milstein’s professional memberships include the Maryland Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a member of Babies Fighting for Life.
In addition to traveling, she enjoys being an active member of the stock club.
Tuesdays at Sol Levinson & Bros. in Parksville.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Marketing and Sales Executive Marvin M. Milstein; two daughters, Jennifer L. Johnson of Reisterstown and Dr. Deborah J. Herchelroath of Harrisburg, PA; and four grandchildren.