Edward B. McAllister, 85, a founding partner of the Rockville-based public accounting firm Goodman and McAllister, died April 7 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda after a heart attack. He had recently moved to Kensington from Bethesda.

Mr. McAllister spent his early career at Washington area accounting firms. He and Donald Goodman founded their public accounting firm in Bethesda in 1964 and moved it to Rockville in 1996. Mr. McAllister retired in 2003.

Edward Basil McAllister was born in Riverdale and grew up in Washington. He was a 1943 graduate of Gonzaga College High School in Washington and a 1950 graduate of the University of Maryland. He served in the Army in Italy during World War II.

He was a former Boy Scout master and choir member at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington. In Kensington’s Rock Creek Palisades neighborhood, Mr. McAllister helped found Pleasant View Swimming Pool and organized cherry tree plantings. He was a former official with the Montgomery County GOP.

He enjoyed cycling on area trails.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Tania Perry McAllister of Kensington; three children, Tessa McAllister of Kensington, Lisa McAllister of Silver Spring and John McAllister of Bethesda; a sister, Betty Tuel of Gaithersburg; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.

— Adam Bernstein