It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mark Solomon, B.A., M.Ed,. J.D., LL.M. (in Taxation), professor of Taxation and Business Law and director of the Mark Solomon Tax Research Center. He died on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the age of 67.
Mark developed the Master of Science in Taxation to achieve national recognition and took pride each time an MST alumni was promoted or achieved professional success.
In addition to his role at Walsh, Mark was also of counsel in taxation and estate planning practice to Strobl & Sharp in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Mark Solomon was a practicing tax attorney when he joined Walsh College in 1977 as an adjunct instructor of taxation. The MST program had made its debut in 1974 as the first of its kind outside of a law school, with a focus on finance and accounting. Mark became department chair and director of the program in 1981.
He kept the program rigorous by recruiting well-known successful tax practitioners expert in their respective teaching areas, and by updating all courses to incorporate continually changing tax laws.
In 1995, he introduced three specialized concentrations in the MST program: Taxation of Corporations, Tax Aspects of Financial and Estate Planning, and Taxation of Small businesses and Their Owners. The College is known for its extensive, organized tax research library, one of the largest in Michigan, with 5,000 tax titles and almost 3,000 tax serials accessed by local professionals.
In 2012, Mark’s pursuit of academic excellence was reflected in a survey by Tax Talent, the largest online support organization for tax professionals. The MST was ranked 7th in the U.S. by MST alumni and 14th by tax professionals.
Mark wrote and edited extensively on the subject of taxation. He was a book review columnist for the quarterly Michigan Tax Law (1989-1992) and wrote book reviews and articles for scholarly journals. He also edited teacher packs for cases and materials on consolidated tax returns and the application of legal principles and authorities to the federal tax law.
He received a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University, a Master of Education from Cleveland State University, a Juris Doctor with honors from George Washington University, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School.
Mark was admitted to practice on the Supreme Court of Michigan, the Ohio Supreme Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States District Court for Eastern Michigan, and the United States Tax Court. He was a member of the Michigan Bar Association (Section of Taxation), the Tax Section of the American Accounting Association, the American Business Law Association, and the Mathematical Association of America.
During his career, Mark worked for the Cleveland Public School System (1968-1971), the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service (1973-1975), Butzel, Long, Gust, Klein and Van Zile (1976-1978), University of Detroit Law School (1976-1980), Shatzman and Solomon, P.C. (1979-1981), and was of counsel in taxation for Meyer & Kirk (1981-2011).
Mark was an extremely generous person, often taking colleagues to sporting events and favorite restaurants. (He loved corned beef sandwiches.) He loved sports, especially his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes. He was fascinated by the statistics behind the game, games of chance, bridge, word games, science fiction and mysteries, and music. Mark also loved ducks and Welsh Corgi dogs.
Mark umpires a 1980 faculty and staff vs. students softball game at the Troy campus. AVP of Enrollment & Student Services Vickie Scavone is the catcher.
He delighted in passing along news articles, publications, and accomplishments of MST alumni. As he wrote in a letter for the 30th anniversary celebration of the MST: "Speaking for myself and for the College, the real source of pride and sense of achievement comes every time one of our alumni gets promoted or achieves some kind of success professionally. You are what we are about."
The feeling was mutual. In 2012, alumni stepped forward and created the Mark Solomon Endowed Scholarship to honor Professor Solomon's teaching excellence.
To view a memorial video for Mark Solomon please click here.
Services were held on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Livonia, Mich. In accordance with the family's wishes, contributions honoring Mark's memory can be made to the Mark Solomon Endowed Scholarship; American Diabetes Association; P.O. Box 11454; Alexandria, VA 22312, or to any charity of your choice.