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Roland Stanford "Bud or Rollie" Boreham, Jr
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Birth: Sep. 2, 1924
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Feb. 5, 2006
Fort Smith
Sebastian County
Arkansas, USA


Roland Stanford Boreham Jr. was born Sept. 2, 1924, in Los Angeles to Roland Stanford Boreham and Anita Brown Boreham. He died on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006.

Rollie, who was also known as Bud, attended schools in California, graduating from Beverly Hills High School in 1941. After beginning undergraduate studies in physics at UCLA, he joined the Army Air Force receiving training as a meteorologist and served as a lieutenant in the Pacific.

After the war, he returned to UCLA and completed his undergraduate work and graduate studies in engineering. In 1947, he opened his own company, the R.S. Boreham Jr. Company, to represent several lines of industrial products. Among the lines was Baldor Electric Company. Rollie recognized the quality of the company, and Baldor recognized his enthusiasm and competitive nature, prompting Baldor to ask Rollie to join the then small company as sales manager. The company grew under his leadership to become the industry leader in industrial electric motors. His tenure with Baldor lasted more than four decades, and he retired as chairman of the board.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Boreham of Fort Smith; Debra Boreham Vicharelli and her husband, Pablo of Carlisle, Mass., and Kate Boreham Maurras and her husband, Hugh of Fort Smith, the daughters of Rollie and Sally McSpadden Boreham.

Other survivors include brothers, Jim Boreham and his wife, Helen of La Canada, Calif., and Howard Boreham and his wife, Helen of Dana Point, Calif. Grandchildren include Amanda, Chris and Steven Vicharelli, Armonde and Roland Stanford (Ford) Maurras; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Judy's children, Bill Alexander and Richard Alexander and his wife, Maria, and their children, Rachel, Renae and Annie.

Rollie also served as a director for Baldor Electric Company and USA Truck. In 2002, Rollie was inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith. The body will be cremated under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. A celebration of his life will be held after the service at Hardscrabble Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Engineering Scholarship Fund at University of Arkansas Fort Smith, 5210 Grand Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72913-3649; First Presbyterian Church of Fort Smith, 116 N. 12th St., Fort Smith, AR 72901; The United Way Foundation of Fort Smith, P.O. Box 2300, Fort Smith, AR 72902; or the University of the Ozarks, 120 Mabee Administration Bldg., 663 County Road 3380, Clarksville, AR 72830.

[end of obituary]



The general consensus is that Roland S. Boreham Jr.'s contributions to the company he served for more than 43 years are no less valuable than the contributions he made to the Fort Smith area.

Boreham, the former president, chairman and CEO of Fort Smith-based Baldor Electric Co., died Sunday. He was 81.
That consensus is given more weight when considering how the company changed in the years under Boreham's direction. Between 1978 the year Boreham became Baldor's chief executive officer and 2004, the company's net sales grew more than 439 percent and net income grew more than 305 percent.

The company reported Feb. 26 total 2005 sales of $721.56 million, and net income of $43.02 million.

"As you go through life, you meet a lot of people, but you don't meet many like Rollie," said Baldor chairman and CEO John McFarland. "Our company lost a big supporter and a great man. Our community lost a great supporter and a great man. He taught a lot of people throughout the community about being a good citizen."

In 1961, Boreham, a Los Angeles native, moved to Fort Smith as vice president of sales for Baldor, a company with a little more than $4 million in sales an amount Baldor now records in a little more than two hours.
(Editor's Note in February 8th Edition of Times Record: "In a report on the death of Roland S. Boreham Jr. on page 1A in Tuesday's edition was a calculation error. Baldor Electric Co. in fiscal year 2005 posted $4 million in sales in a little more than two days, not two hours as the report indicated.")

"We went from being an also-ran to being the leader in our field," Boreham said in an April 2004 interview.

He became vice president of sales in 1970, president in 1975, chief executive officer in 1978 and chairman in 1981. Boreham stepped down as president in 1981 and relinquished his CEO title in 1992. He retired as board chairman in 2004.

"Fort Smith is going to miss Rollie Boreham," said Sam M. Sicard, president of First National Bank of Fort Smith. "He was a great supporter with his time and his money, especially with (the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith) and Sparks Hospital. He was a visionary type of person who could see the big picture very well. He was important to his company, then to the community."

Robert A. Young III, who recently retired as president and CEO of Fort Smith-based Arkansas Best Corp., said Boreham had a "huge impact" on community organizations.

"He's been involved in the community in so many different ways. I think you'd describe him as a change agent and a force for good. He was the kind of guy who made things happen," Young said.

Young said Boreham approached philanthropic giving in much the same way he approached capital investment at Baldor.
"When he gave money, he wanted it to have a significant impact. He'd try to engineer it so it'd make a difference. He wasn't just giving money to give money. He wanted to see something happen," Young said.

Angela Tilley, president of United Way of Fort Smith Area Inc., said Boreham consistently helped the United Way meet community obligations. "Rollie was a visionary," she said. "He was always concerned about making an impact in lives today, and in making a difference for tomorrow. He has left a legacy that will benefit many."

Boreham's most notable philanthropic work was in his financial and physical support of UAFS. The university library is named in his honor, and the Baldor Technology Center was built with his support through the company.
"Rollie Boreham was truly a transformational leader. At our university alone, his impact spanned the library, nursing, technology and engineering and, of course, the Baldor building," said Sandi Sanders, UAFS interim chancellor.

He also gave of his most precious commodity time.
Sanders said Boreham taught a class on ethics for engineering students.

One of his most recent charitable successes was in raising $1.2 million for renovation work at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith. Kate Maurras, Boreham's daughter, co-chaired the effort.

"He had a quiet persistent way about leading. He was a person that was always trusted for his wisdom, candor and care. Sometimes you have one or the other. Bud had all of those things," said church pastor Bill Galbraith.

Boreham's leadership was recognized beyond Fort Smith. In 2002, he was inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee noted Boreham's passing in a written statement issued Monday: "I am deeply saddened by the death of Rollie Boreham. He was a friend, supporter and one of the great business giants of our state. His skills as an executive are legendary, and his willingness to share his time and his resources in community service have been exemplary. Our state has lost a great leader and a great servant."

Boreham also wrote two books.

In his 1998 book, "The Three-Legged Stool," Boreham wrote that employees, customers and shareholders should be treated equally and fairly. He stressed the importance of education and training for both employees and customers. Its subtitle is "Relationship First, Success Follows."
The book was popular with Frank Broyles, former Razorback football coach and University of Arkansas athletic director.

"He is very deserving," Broyles said in August 2001 of Boreham's induction into the business hall of fame. "His record proves that, and his philosophy is something every young person in America should know. I've sent out copies of his books to more than 50 high schools here in northwest Arkansas hoping the kids would read it."

The modern history of Baldor was the subject of his second book, "The Road Less Traveled: The history of Baldor, 1976-2000."

Boreham was a board member of the American Business Conference, the UAFS Foundation, the Fort Smith Museum of History and the United Way of Fort Smith. He served on the boards of Sparks Regional Medical Center, the Salvation Army and the American Heart Association.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church.

Boreham is survived by wife, Judy; daughters, Debra Boreham Vicharelli and Kate Maurras; and five grandchildren. He is also survived by Bill and Richard Alexander, sons of Judy.

[end of article]



On Sunday night, Roland S. Boreham Jr. known to many as Rollie or Bud died.

Suggestions were made during Monday conversations that Fort Smith-based Baldor Electric Co., for which Boreham served more than 43 years as a vice president, president, CEO and board chairman, lost its star.

Good analogy.

While Boreham would politely and forcefully argue that Baldor's employees are the source of the company's energy, we'll take the liberty of the one-sided editorial post to conclude that Boreham was the guiding light for the company.

The official statement from Baldor provides proof that Boreham converted his amazing amounts of intellect and passion into energy for Baldor. Under his leadership, the company went from being a small manufacturer of industrial motors to one of the world's leading manufacturers, marketers and distributors of motors, electronic motor controls and generators. The statement notes that Boreham was "instrumental" in building the company's global network of offices and warehouses that now is "one of Baldor's major competitive advantages."

Boreham also developed the company's "Value Formula," which notes that business success hinges upon quality, service, cost and time. Again, noting from Baldor's statement: "This Formula is the center of Baldor's day-to-day operations and defines our goal to create the most value available in the industry for our customers by increasing quality and service and decreasing cost and time."

No formula, however, can quantify the broad economic impact a financially successful Baldor has had on the Fort Smith area and the many other cities in which Baldor operates.

Boreham beamed the electricity and magnetism of his energy into numerous public and private organizations. It would require a guide to tour the buildings and programs at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith for which Boreham is responsible. He was also a major contributor to the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville.

Education was possibly the most important cause Boreham supported. He believed, and rightly so, that an educated mind is a productive mind. And we safely claim that Boreham was more interested in the individual freedom of an educated mind than its corporate benefits.

Boreham's energy and cash, frankly were generously directed to many other community projects. It would be easier to list the areas in which he was not active than to list those he supported. There were few eclipses in his system.

And we should note that Boreham didn't just give money. As noted by many in the past days, the light of Boreham's giving was directed in such a way as to be a catalyst for efforts continuing the energy of his gift.

The downside of the star analogy is that all stars burn out. We expect comets and meteor showers to come and go, but we don't want to accept the fact that our stars die. And that's what pains the collective soul of Baldor Electric Co. and the Fort Smith area communities. We lost a star.

The upside of the star analogy is that all stars burn out because after fading to dark, they explosively emit elements into new orbits and new parts of the universe. Those elements recombine in other corners of the universe to start the process anew.

In her book, "The Planets," Dava Sobel notes that the lifespan of our sun gives the descendants of Adam and Noah time to find another safe place, another safe star.
The lifespan of Boreham gave us plenty of time and plenty of lessons in finding new stars, in creating new energies and in shining light in dark places.

We can best honor his memory by starting the process anew.

[end of article]


The community he adopted as his home and channeled his energy and efforts into improving bid Rollie Boreham farewell Thursday.

More than 500 people crowded into the chapel and an adjacent room at First Presbyterian Church for the funeral of Roland S Boreham Jr., former president, chairman and chief executive officer of Fort Smith-based Baldor Electric Co. He died Sunday at 81.

Those attending the service represented a cross-section of the diverse sectors of Fort Smith life that Boreham touched since his move here in 1961. Baldor associates, those with ties to some of the numerous institutions and organizations that benefited from his philanthropy and friends were present with his family.

William Galbraith, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, said Boreham himself suggested the topic of his mediation
"Why Not Me?" for a sermon someday. He said Boreham suggested an exploration of man's tendency to ask "why me?" when beset with bad fortune. He said people forget to question the meaning behind good times and blessings when they arrive, and to resolve to use the positives in their lives to benefit others.

"He worked it out," Galbraith said of Boreham, noting that he "stepped forward" and "kept on giving" to make the world a better place.

Several friends and business partners offered remembrances and reflections on Boreham and his accomplishments.

John McFarland, Boreham's successor as Baldor CEO, said Boreham was a successful man who enjoyed giving those around him an opportunity to become successful. He spoke of Boreham's love of selling things, and shared an often-told story of how, after receiving unsatisfactory bids on having an unwanted tree removed from his yard, Boreham sold the tree, had it taken away and made a profit.

McFarland said Boreham had a common touch, which he said was the ability to talk to the man on the plant floor as easily as the man on Wall Street.

Boreham's generosity was legendary, McFarland said, noting his former boss told him, "the more generous I am, the more money I seem to have." He said Boreham's name is on many things in Fort Smith as testimony to his generosity.

But he said Boreham declined an offer by the city to name the street in front of Baldor's plant for him until it agreed to extend it. He told McFarland, "I don't want a dead-end street named after me."

Harry Shipley, a friend who said he shared coffee and traded stories with Boreham each week at a Fort Smith cafe, said he was a "visionary, a giant. He loved his family and he loved philanthropy. He loved Fort Smith heart and soul. He loved the people."

Also speaking were his younger brother, Jim Boreham, who revealed Boreham was nicknamed "Bud" because his father, Roland Sr., had already laid claim to that name; David Haines, a Baldor district manager, and Jeff Asher, a friend since his high school days in California, who talked of Boreham's insight, integrity and "unbounded energy," adding, "I have lost my best friend all of us have lost a great man."

Boreham was also remembered earlier this week by former President Bill Clinton. In a written statement, Clinton called Boreham "a fine businessman and an outstanding citizen" who " made his company one of the best places in America to work and (whose) contributions to education were enormous."

Clinton added he was grateful for "the wise counsel and support" he received from Boreham, particularly in the 1990 governor's race when he carried Sebastian County for the first time.

"I kept my word to Bud and my other friends to dance with Hillary on Garrison Avenue," Clinton recalled. "Bud Boreham lived a good and giving life. We need more like hi

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First Presbyterian Church Columbarium
Fort Smith
Sebastian County
Arkansas, USA
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