Alumni Award Recipient Bruce Elliott
Bruce H. Elliott ’76
2014 West-Whitelow Humanitarian Award
Bruce H. Elliott enjoys making a difference for his clients by helping them with short- and long-term financial planning, tax planning, and tax preparation, using his skills as a certified public accountant. He is committed to taking care of people by helping them determine what their financial needs are and making decisions about the most effective ways to leverage their assets and plan for the future.
A senior accountant with DCA in Baltimore, Elliott graduated from Bridgewater magna cum laude in 1976 with a degree in accounting. Before his senior year was over, Elliott began working for Robert L. Hueston, CPA. In 1979, he became a partner with Hueston, Elliott and Company in Harrisonburg. After Hueston retired, Elliott became a partner, and later a managing member, with the firm of Elliott, Martin, Beachy and Mitchell, PLLC. He joined DCA in 2006 when he moved from Harrisonburg to Ellicott City, MD.
From 1976 to 2005, Elliott was active with Trinity Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, where he and a group of fellow members at the congregation began discussing their concerns about youth in the community. Those discussions led to Elliott becoming a co-founder of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County, which made its first volunteer and child match in 1977. The agency, which he served as treasurer and board member for 30 years, has grown substantially over the years. It is now housed in the Elliott House, named in his honor.
While at Trinity, Elliott was involved in leadership roles and helped with missions such as the Clothes Closet and the Dandelion Day Camp for mentally disabled people. He also volunteered as a Special Olympics softball coach.
Between 1978 and 2002 Elliott was involved in prison ministry, visiting condemned prisoner Terry Williams at various correctional facilities. He currently participates in the Neighbor Ride Program which assists senior citizens and he offers assistance to his church food pantry.
In presenting Bruce H. Elliott with the 2013 West-Whitelow Award for Humanitarian Service, the Bridgewater College Alumni Association acknowledges his tireless dedication and commitment to humanity, continuing the example set by Naomi West and Carlyle Whitelow.