Morehouse marks 50 years at firm

Gordon Morehouse

Gordon C. Morehouse is a native of north Georgia and a graduate of Dalton High School. He received his bachelor of science degree in business administration with a major in accounting from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. After his service in the military, he entered public accounting in 1969 and to this date, has devoted 50 years of service to that field.

He ultimately became the founding principal of what is now Morehouse Group, P.C., and currently practices at there. A celebration to honor Morehouse's 50-year service anniversary was held on Oct. 18 at The Farm. Many attended the event.

Fifty years ago, when Morehouse began looking to join a small, personally-held business, he found himself joining Finney, Austin & Co. in Dalton. He was not interested in a large conglomerate firm. He liked the idea of living and working close to where he had been raised in Catoosa County. James T. Finney was a role model to Morehouse.

Finney's commitment of giving back to the community is still a fundamental belief at Morehouse Group, P.C. In 1983, the firm became known as Morehouse, Ravenholt & Co. Through 2005, the firm would change its name each time a new partner joined and has had many names. In 2005, it was felt the firm needed a name that was precise and easily identified so it adopted the name Morehouse Group, P.C.

In the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but it active charity and in willing service." Morehouse's professional and civic responsibilities include being a member of Georgia Society of CPAs, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Cherokee Area Estate Planning Council and an initial trustee of the Georgia Federal Tax Conference. He is the past director and served on the Society's Management Committee of the Georgia Society of CPAs, past director and president of the Northwest Chapter of the Georgia Society of CPAs, past president of the Institute of Management Accountants, past president of the National Association of Accountants, founding chairman of the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia, past chairman of the United Way of Northwest Georgia, past trustee of the Hamilton Healthcare Foundation and the Regional Council of the Institute of Management Accountants and past director of the John W. Looper Speech and Hearing Clinic. He served on the initial board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club, as well as many years to follow. In addition, Morehouse also served on the initial board of directors, as past treasurer and charter member of the Family Crisis Center, and was later honored as "Toast of the Town" by Family Support Council. He is past chairman of Junior Achievement and of the Dalton/Whitfield Chamber of Commerce, and received the chamber's "Outstanding Professional of the Year" award. He was past president of The Dalton Lions Club.

As a Rotarian, Morehouse has served as president and received the W. Lee Arrendale Award for Vocational Excellence as well as the "Guardian of Ethics Award." Also, he served as trustee for Georgia Rotary Student Program. He has also been recognized by the American Women's Business Association with the Professional Development Award.

In 2010, Morehouse was elected and served as a member of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners through 2014. He is also dedicated to his church, First Baptist Church of Dalton, where he has served many years in leadership positions as well as a beloved nursery Sunday school teacher. Gordon and his wife of 52 years, Dianne, enjoy time on their farm as well as with their three children and seven grandchildren.

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