BlumShapiro Founders, Both in Their 90s, Die Within Weeks of Each Other

Two founders of one of the largest accounting firms in New England have died. Longtime friends Julius “Yuddy” Shapiro died in Florida Jan. 21 at 93, and Alfred Rosenthal died at his home in Hartford, Conn., at the age of 92 on Feb. 7.

The men were both graduates of Bentley College who joined together to form Shapiro Rosenthal in the 1950s. West Hartford, Conn.-based BlumShapiro (FY11 net revenue of $47.3 million), was founded in 1980 after Shapiro Rosenthal merged with Blum, Gavens & Kaplan with a total of 30 partners and associates. Now the firm has 340 associates in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Shapiro, who was known as “Yuddy,” lived most of his life in Hartford until retiring to Florida. MP Carl Johnson said of Shapiro, “Our firm has lost a kind and talented accounting professional and leader who served as an inspiration to his partners, colleagues, clients, family and friends. We are deeply saddened by his passing.” The firm said described Shapiro as having an adventurous spirit both professionally and personally, a zest for life, a devilish smile, and incredible business instincts.

Rosenthal was described as a man with a warm personality, infectious smile and unwavering sense of humor.” Johnson said, “When we remember Al, we will not forget the strong culture he helped to create here at BlumShapiro. His character, integrity, honesty and tenacity served as the foundation of our firm’s many achievements.”