Pim, John Harold (1866–1932), accountant, was born 23 October 1866 in Dublin, youngest son among five sons and six daughters of Thomas Pim (1815–96), of Glenageary, Co. Dublin, merchant, and his wife, Isabella Sophia (1823–70), daughter of Lord Lister of Pharistow, Sussex, England. His father was a son of Thomas Pim (qv) and brother of Jonathan Pim (qv). He graduated from TCD in 1890 and immediately entered into articles with Robert Stokes to train as a chartered accountant.
Robert Stokes (1845–1916) and his brother Sydney (d. 1894) had founded the accountancy practice Stokes Bros in 1876 at 16 College Green. Both were signatories to the petition that resulted in the granting (1888) of a charter to found the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, and both were original fellows of the Institute. Sydney Stokes was the first hon. secretary (1888–94) to the Institute and Robert was president 1900–10.
John Harold Pim qualified as an accountant and was admitted to the Institute on 7 February 1894. In the same year he was made a partner in the Stokes Bros firm, which was renamed Stokes Bros & Pim and relocated to 36 College Green. By 1900 he had become hon. secretary (1900–19) to the Institute, and in May 1902 he became a member of its governing council. He was the first member of the council who had not been a founding member of the institute, and he was the first council member to have qualified by serving his articles. By 1916 he was the senior in the firm, of which Robert Stanley Stokes, son of Robert Stokes, Augustus Kilingner, and Francis H. Pim were also partners. In 1920 he became president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, serving again in 1923. Said to be ‘a man of outstanding character and personality’ (Robinson, 405), he also sat on the board of the Provincial Bank of Ireland and was chairman of the Irish Free State trade loans advisory committee. He remained head of Stokes Bros & Pim till his death (1932), when his obituary in the Irish Times described him as an ‘outstanding figure in Dublin’. He died 27 June 1932 at the Metropole Hotel, London while on business and is buried at the Friends’ burial ground, Wanstead, London.
He married Sarah Tyers of New York State, USA, and lived at Charleville, Blackrock, Co. Dublin; they had no children.