Robert A. McCord HON ’01
McCord left indelible mark
Robert A. McCord HON ’01, longtime friend of Bradley University, died February 11 in Peoria. He was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1986 until 1992, when he served as chairman.
When McCord retired in 1990 as CEO of Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Co., the company established an endowed professorship in his name. A lecture series is tied to the endowment, allowing Bradley students, faculty, and the Peoria business community to hear and meet with prominent business executives from across the nation. The McCord lectures began in 1991 and continue today.
A graduate of the University of Chicago and its law school, McCord was a World War II Naval Reserves veteran. He practiced law in Peoria from 1948 to 1973. He was general counsel of his family’s company, Illinois Mutual, and became president in 1963. McCord was chairman of the board of the Insurance Economics Society of America. He served on the Peoria City Council in the ’50s, and later was instrumental in downtown redevelopment and building the Peoria Civic Center. The recipient of numerous awards honoring his contributions to local boards and organizations, McCord received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife Vicki Michel McCord ’43 were honored with the President’s Award from Bradley in 1995. Their family’s devotion to Bradley continues as son Michel McCord began a six-year term on the Board of Trustees in 2004.
In addition to his wife and son, Bob McCord is survived by two daughters, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Bradley: the next generation
Jan Salinger Subar ‘79 and her daughter Erin Subar ’08 share a special connection beyond the typical mother-daughter relationship: their choice of college. Jan currently lives in Los Angeles, a good distance from Peoria, especially for a mom sending a daughter to school in the Midwest. But when Erin chose Bradley, Jan could not have been happier. “As a freshman parent dropping her off and leaving to fly home, I could visualize her anywhere and know where she was. I could picture her walking there, sitting there, or being there. It was familiar!” Subar says that is one of many benefits of having her daughter at Bradley.
When Erin first began to look at colleges, Jan did not pressure her into choosing Bradley. In fact, Erin found the school online, realizing it offered her everything she was looking for. And it was in the perfect location—not far from Jan’s family.
Through Erin’s choice of school, Jan has been able to stay connected to the University by serving on the Parents’ Association. “I never miss an opportunity to visit the campus or get involved,” says Jan.
To alumni with children looking at Bradley for a college choice, Jan advises, “Look at all schools very diligently, but give Bradley a second look. Inside this middle-sized school is a large amount of opportunity, a wonderful network of people, and a fabulous, well-rounded college experience.”
This year, the first fall visit day for high school students is Friday, September 28, during Homecoming weekend. According to associate provost of enrollment management, Nickie Roberson, Homecoming weekend was selected as a college visit day to encourage alums to bring their “legacy” high school students to their alma mater. For more information on visit days go the the Admissions Web site. Go>
Diane Lee '08 was one of only 24 students nationwide to be selected by the Asian American Journalists Association to participate in the organization’s Student Multimedia Project. Lee will be reporting alongside a staff of professional journalists and will use the latest communications technology as a part of the AAJA’s 19th annual national convention, to be held August 1-4 in Miami.
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