Allan Afterman Obituary
Allan’s final goodbye was held at a graveside service on Friday at 2:00 p.m., located at Shalom Memorial Park, Rand & Wilke Rds., Arlington Heights. The service was also available via livestream on Allan’s memorial webpage at www.goldmanfuneralgroup.com. In lieu of floral tributes, donations to a charity of one’s choice are appreciated.
For more information, you can reach out to The Goldman Funeral Group at 847-478-1600.
This is the story of Allan B. Afterman—a man who built an incredible legacy of love, academic prowess, and enduring human connections. He will be forever missed but will live on in the hearts of those who loved him.
Who was Allan Afterman?
Allan B. Afterman, who lived to the age of 79, was not just a husband but also the epitome of a family man. With 49 years of marital bliss with Joan Afterman, originally Joan Hoffman, Allan leaves behind a legacy that encapsulates devotion, mentorship, and enduring love.
For Allan, family went beyond his loving wife Joan. He was the doting father of Debra Baum (husband David), Lori Jelagin (husband Andy), Julie Bernstein (husband Larry), and Robin Caliendo (husband Gabriel). Adored as a grandfather and revered as a great-grandfather, Allan was the treasured Zadie of an extensive list of grandchildren: Brittany (husband Chris), Jacqueline, Matthew, Allison, Emma, Claire, Hannah, Jonathan, Kaden, and Makayla. In addition, he relished his role as the proud great-grandfather to Blake and Aubrey.
Raised in Skokie, Allan was a proud alumnus of Senn High School, graduating with the class of 1961. His thirst for knowledge took him to Roosevelt University in Chicago, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree. But his academic pursuit did not end there; he flew to Edinburgh, Scotland to earn his PhD.
Allan was no ordinary academic; he was a trailblazer in the field of international accounting. A prolific author, his major works include “GAAP Practice Manual,” “SEC Guidelines, Rules and Regulations,” and the quintessential “Handbook for Accounting and Auditing,” which he frequently updated quarterly. Remarkably, he even co-authored a book with his grandson-in-law, Chris Wroblewski, titled “Measuring, Managing and Creating Value.”
Allan was also an esteemed professor of International Accounting at the University of Chicago, where he had a significant impact, publishing FASBE Rules and Update Manuals.
When Allan married Joan nearly half a century ago, he warmly embraced her four daughters, instantly adopting the role of father, advisor, and even math tutor. His dedication knew no bounds, proving that family isn’t just biological—it’s emotional and spiritual.
Joan and Allan’s relationship was not just about raising a family; they also enjoyed countless moments of happiness, be it playing golf, engaging in tennis, or globetrotting. They even found paradise in Long Boat Key, where they spent their winters soaking up the sun, sand, and camaraderie with friends.