Born in 1912 to Paul and Marie Jandl, Rudolph “Rudy” Jandl grew up in Spokane and was actively engaged in tennis and city orchestra. He attended Washington State College and graduated in 1934 with a business degree in accounting. He and his wife, Dorothy, had six children and resided on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle.
“WSC helped Dad become an all-around person with his many activities in Stimson Hall, on the tennis courts, and in the curriculum he studied. He never ceased being a Cougar in all his professional and private life,” says daughter Geri Johnson (’65 Liberal Arts/English).
Jandl was an entrepreneur. He and a partner started Jandl and Pierce, a certified public accounting firm in Seattle. The practice was maintained for 60 years. Throughout his career, Jandl freely gave tax advice and always kept current on the financial market and stock activity. As a young man growing up in the Depression, Jandl was a frugal, yet thoughtful family man who always tried to save a dollar or two.
“Dad was a professional accountant in every aspect of the word,” says Johnson. “He treated all his clients with respect and an understanding that came from an appreciation of the help and acceptance he received from family, friends, colleagues, and professors at WSC.”
In 2007, Jandl passed away at the age of 95. His legacy as a smart and humble businessman and proud Coug now remains in the Carson College of Business through an endowed scholarship established by his children.
The Jandl Memorial Scholarship Fund defines the Jandl’s character: a devoted father and husband, business professional with a great attitude and wholehearted spirit, and proud alumnus. The scholarship supports an undergraduate certified student with demonstrated financial need. The award is renewable until graduation or for three years, whichever comes first.
“Future recipients of the Jandl Memorial Scholarship will remember and appreciate their years at WSU as they embark on careers in business. Wherever they go, they will always be Cougars, proud alumni of a university that helped them reach their goals for a professional life of work they can be successful at and will enjoy,” says Johnson.