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Lynn Andrea Stout


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Lynn Andrea Stout Obituary
September 14, 1957 - April 16, 2018 Lynn Andrea Stout passed away on April 16, 2018 at the Hospicare residence in Ithaca, NY after living bravely with cancer for nearly two years. Lynn was born on September 14, 1957 in Albany, NY. She is survived by her two beloved sons, Daniel Cowan Stout Olin and David Alexander Olin. Lynn also leaves her brother, Warren Stout, her sister, Katherine Stout Van Woert, and their families, as well as many close friends and devoted students. She was predeceased by her parents. Lynn graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University with a B.A. (1979) and Masters in Public Affairs (1982). She held a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School (1982). Lynn was an internationally recognized expert in the fields of corporate governance, securities regulation, financial derivatives, law and economics, and moral and ethical behavior. She pioneered the field of progressive business law and was a passionate teacher and mentor. Lynn was the Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law at Cornell Law School: she previously taught law at UCLA, Harvard, NYU, Georgetown University and George Washington. She served on a number of for-profit and non-profit boards, lectured widely, and was frequently interviewed by the media. She was the author of numerous articles and books including The Shareholder Value Myth which sparked a global conversation on the role of corporations in society. Lynn devoted her last months to completing her book, Citizen Capitalism: How a Universal Fund Can Provide Income and Influence to All which contains her solution to income inequality in the United States. She recently co-founded the nonprofit Ethical Shareholder Initiative (ESI), a transparent and inclusive platform for investors focused on long-term value and sustainability. ESI makes it more efficient for these shareholders to act collectively and embodies Lynn's vision that revolutionizing shareholder voting is key to creating a sustainable corporate ecosystem. Lynn's interests and talents were broad, her passion for life infectious, and her drive to excellence without peer. She used her life to create a more just and equitable world. Memorial services for family and friends will be in Ithaca, New York on June 16. Lynn's life and legacy will also be honored at a public memorial in New York City which will coincide with the launch of her forthcoming book in early 2019.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 18 to May 20, 2018
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