William P. Barlow, Jr., Certified Public Accountant
Phone: 415.522.2490 ext. 12
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Wm. P. Barlow, Jr. became a Certified Public Accountant in June 1960, following in his father’s footsteps (the senior William Barlow held California license number 797 issued in August 1929). He began his career with a “Big Eight” firm in 1957 and joined his father’s firm, Barlow, Davis & Wood, in 1960, becoming a partner there in 1964. After a series of mergers with national firms in the 1970s, Bill launched his own firm in 1978, forming the partnership with Wade Hughan in 1990.
Throughout his career in accounting, Bill has endeavored to meet the accounting and tax compliance needs of a wide variety of individuals and their businesses with emphasis in real estate investments, construction and home building. His activities with a number of non-profit organizations have also led to a special interest in the complexities of the charitable contributions of personal property and service as chairman of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants Non-Profit Organizations Committee. He has given a number of lectures on charitable giving opportunities and currently co-teaches a week-long course on the subject at the Rare Book School in California and Virginia.
Among the charitable and civic organizations he has served have been the Oakland Ballet (board member for 17 years with six years as president or chairman), the Book Club of California (past president and treasurer), The Friends of the Bancroft Library (council member for 24 years and past chairman and treasurer), The Gleeson Library Associates at the University of San Francisco (past president), the Bibliographical Society of America (past president), the Book Arts Press, Inc. (Rare Book School, past treasurer), the Grabhorn Institute (currently treasurer), the American Water Ski Association (past president and chairman of the board), the American Water Ski Educational Foundation (founding president), the International Water Ski Federation (past executive board member), the Collectors Club of San Francisco (past president), and the International Machine Cancel Society (past president).
As a book collector for over fifty years with interests in eighteenth century printing, the history of book collecting and bibliography, and the restaurants recommended by Duncan Hines, Bill has been honored with the Hubert Howe Bancroft Award (2004) and the Sir Thomas More Medal for Book Collecting (1989). He is also a collector and exhibitor of philatelic material, specializing in postal history. Active in water skiing as a competitor, judge and administrator for more than fifty years, Bill was named to the American Water Ski Hall of Fame in 1993 and the International Water Ski Hall of Fame in 2011.