Glenn Bostrom '37
Business leader Glenn Bostrom '37, founder of Bostrom Corp. and the Success Institute, died Sept. 30, 2010, in Glenview, Ill. He was 96.
After serving in Italy and South Africa in World War II and working in the business and non-profit sectors, in 1965 he founded an association management company now known as Bostrom Corp. He was honored repeatedly for his work there, culminating with a lifetime achievement award in 1995 by the American Society of Association Executives and one in 2004 from the Association Management Company Institute, which presents a Glenn W. Bostrom Award for Service, Quality and Excellence. In "retirement," Bostrom founded and served as president of the Success Institute, a service company that offered program speakers and materials and emphasized that no one is too old to grow and be productive.
In an obituary posted on the Bostrom Corp. website, he was remembered as an innovator and mentor, as well as an entrepreneur: "Glenn brought his expertise to Bostrom and created significant change in the association management company industry. Most notable of his work was that of his unique, multiple management approach that tied all functions to a unified accounting code. The system has been integrated into a new infrastructure and is still used today."
Bostrom served two terms on Cornell's Alumni Board and on its National Council of Advisors. In 1996 he was given the Distinguished Achievement Award for his achievements in business and his long-standing philanthropic support of Cornell. Although retired, he remained an active member of the boards of both Bostrom Corp. and the Success Insitute until his death. He was also active in community organizations. He was a past president of the Lions Club, a 32-degree Mason, and a past vice president for the Chicago Rotary Club. He was predeceased by a son, Robert Bostrom '69. He is survived by a daughter-in-law, Rebecca Mullan Strahan '69, four grandchildren, including Kevin Appel '96 (Keighly Ballje Appel '97), and six great-grandchildren.
Edwin H. Maynard '38
Journalist, author, and editor Edwin H. Maynard '38 died Nov. 19, 2010. He was 92.
Maynard, of Lebanon, Ohio, graduated with a degree in English, and went on to study journalism at Northwestern and Syracuse universities. He worked as a journalist and editor for numerous United Methodist Church publications, including the Christian Advocate, the Methodist Story, and The Interpreter. His work spanned multiple media, including film, television, and print. His work took him around the world, including time in India, Greece, Lebanon, Vietnam, Cuba, and Central and South America. After his retirement in 1984, he spent a year in China teaching journalism and wrote "Keeping Up With a Revolution," a 50-year history of United Methodist Communications. In 1973, Maynard was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Cornell, in recognition of his work with the United Methodist Church. He was given the Associated Church Press Citation of Honor in 1984, was named to the United Methodist Association of Communicators Hall of Fame in 1989, and was given the Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award in 1989.
Laura Sullivan '69
Laura Sullivan '69, a lawyer and former trustee, died Dec. 10, 2010, after a two-year battle with a rare form of leukemia. She was 63.
Sullivan, of Bloomington, Ill., graduated with a degree in math, and earned her Juris Doctor from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1975, she joined State Farm as a senior attorney. She was elected secretary and counsel in 1981. In 1988, she was elected vice president, the first woman to hold that role. After her retirement, she continued to serve on the State Farm Board of Directors. Before joining State Farm, Sullivan was a member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and was instrumental in the design of some of the most far reaching consumer legislation and regulation ever developed by the NAIC, and still in effect today. She was inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame in 2005.
She was a charter member of Leadership America as well as a founder and Advisory Board Member of Leadership Illinois. She served on the Cornell College Board of Trustees from 1999 through 2001