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James R. "Jim" Carlson held various senior management and executive positions with the Sara Lee Corporation for 28 years. He joined Sara Lee in in1973 in the Law Department and later served as Vice President of Corporate Development executing numerous domestic and international acquisitions and investments including Coach, Jimmy Dean and Kiwi. He served as COO of Sara Lee Bakery and CEO of Sara Lee Foodservice Distribution. He later became the CEO of Sara Lee Foods, a $768 Group that included Sara Lee Meats, Sara Lee Bakery and Sara Lee Foodservice Distribution. During his career he helped lead turnaround of various Sara Lee businesses including the FYA Monarch Company located in Greenville, SC., where was President and CEO. In December 2000, PYA/Monarch was sold to Royal Ahold for $1.56 BB and was merged with US Foodservice, After retiring from Sara Lee in 2002, he formed Braydon Partners, LLC, in 2003 located in Chicago, The firm's principals offered a broad range of operating management and corporate development experience to provide Corporate Development Outsourcing Services. Carlson earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola University, Chicago. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business. He served in the United States Army (1968 to 1969) and was stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany working on legal matters. The Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) is the largest military community outside the continental United States, and is a combined community consisting of Army and Air Force components. Prior to joining Sara Lee, Carlson was a law clerk for U. S. District Court Judge Joseph Sam Perry for the Northern District of Illinois, He also practiced law with Notz, Craven, Mead, Maloney and Price (Chicago). Carlson served as a Board Member: Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, Illinois, Greenville Literary Association, Greenville, SC: and Saint Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, Born in San Francisco, California to Andrew Rudolph and Mary Carlson He graduated from the former Campion Jesuit Boarding High School located in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. . Beloved husband to Pamela, nee Nelson Carlson (Married 39 years); loving father to Scott Carlson, Chicago; William (Bill) Carlson, chicago; Jennifer (Roberto) Torasso, New York; dear grandfather to Luca Torasso; fond brother to Donald (Jeanne) carlson, Galena, Illinois; Robert carlson, Evanston, Illinois; Kathryn (Ron) Endter, Mequon, Wisconsin; uncle to six nieces and nephews. carlson was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010. He was an avid reader of business and news media and read a book or more a week throughout his life. As a youngster he was a caddie at Glen Oak Country Club, Glen Ellyn and later became a dedicated golfer his entire life as well as a Chicago Cubs fan. Carlson was a long time resident of Glen Ellyn from 1972 to 1991 and again from 1997 to 2010. Memorial Visitation, Sunday, August 1, 2 to 5 p.m. at Leonard Memorial Funeral Home, 565 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 630-469-0032. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Evans Scholars Foundation in the name of Jim Carlson c/o Glen Oak Country Club, 21W451 Hill Avenue, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on July 28, 2010
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