Brenda Barnes

Died, January 15, 2017

Brenda Barnes, former CEO of Sara Lee and Lincoln Academy Laureate Dies

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois is saddened to hear that Brenda Barnes, former CEO of Sara Lee and 2013 Lincoln Laureate, has passed away at the age of 63 on January 15, 2017. According to an article posted on Fortune by Patricia Sellers, ‘This past Sunday night, during her sleep, Barnes had another stroke. She died about 3 p.m. today at Edward Hospital in Naperville, surrounded by her children Jeff, Erin, and Brian.’ Our deepest condolences go out to all of her family and loved ones. She will be missed and has left a lasting impression on all who knew her.

Her interview upon becoming a Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois can be viewed on our site here.

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