- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 30, 2006

Robert W. Pivik, former chief financial officer and senior partner of the accountancy firm Deloitte & Touche LLP, died July 25 of amyloidosis and multiple myeloma at his home in Potomac. He was 68.

Mr. Pivik was born Oct. 29, 1937, in the small coal mining town of Renton, Pa. He was valedictorian of his class at Plum High School in Plum Borough, Pa., and was the first in his family to attend college, graduating third in his class from Penn State University in 1959.

Mr. Pivik began his career in accounting in the Pittsburgh office of Deloitte & Touche. In 1967, he transferred to the company’s national office to help organize the firmwide Professional Education and Development function.

After being named a national partner in the company, Mr. Pivik assumed national responsibilities for mergers and acquisitions, college recruitment and human resources.

From 1983 to 1991, he served first as the managing partner of the company’s District office and later as the regional managing partner in the Mid-Atlantic area.

In 1991, Mr. Pivik once again assumed a national role as chief financial officer until his retirement in 1998. He also served on the firm’s policy and management committees.

Mr. Pivik was known as an “auditor’s auditor” for his management style and is remembered for his high standards, work ethic, integrity and grit.

Most recently, Mr. Pivik worked from 2000 to 2001 as chief operating officer of the D.C. law firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White LLP. He then served as director and audit committee chairman of On Site Sourcing Inc. from 2003 to 2004 and as director of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust from 2005 to 2006.

Mr. Pivik was active in the community and served on the boards of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Boy Scouts of America-National Capital Council and the Washington/Baltimore Regional Association.

He was a longtime member of Congressional Country Club and a member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Community in Rockville.

His hobbies included bridge, duck pin bowling and golf. In his prime, Mr. Pivik had an 8 handicap, and while in his 20s, he met and played golf with Arnold Palmer.

Mr. Palmer offered Mr. Pivik the opportunity to be his accountant and go on tour with him, but Mr. Pivik declined because he was concerned about the security of his young family.

Survivors include his wife, Lynn Chandler Pivik of Potomac; a son, Keith Pivik of McLean; two daughters, Sharon Gerber of Cazenovia, N.Y., and Tracey White of Clifton; a stepdaughter, Alexandra Harrison of Potomac; a sister, Amelia Massimino of Pittsburgh; two brothers, George Pivik of Pittsburgh and Ronald Pivik of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

His first wife, Yvonne Martinisko Pivik, died in 1998.

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