In Memoriam: Bob Cornell

Robert G. (Bob) Cornell, founder of industry supplier Cornell Concepts, passed away on February 20. He was 83.

Cornell founded Cornell Concepts in the early 1970s, and designed and produced molded plastic products for the promotional products industry. While Cornell had retired several years ago, his wife, Dale Johnson Cornell remains active in the industry and heads the multi-line rep firm Dale B. Johnson Associates (PPAI 110660).

Alongside his work in the industry, Cornell had a number of hobbies, including music, the outdoors and architecture. He designed and built more than 40 homes, and renovated a number of others.

Cornell is survived by his wife; his children, including his daughter, Karen White and her husband, Greg, daughter, Nancy Mussi, and son, Stephen Cornell; his brother, David and his wife, Joann; and seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held for Cornell on March 4 at St. John’s The Evangelist Episcopal Church in Duxbury, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cornell’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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James D. Halpern, CAS
February 28, 2017

I was with Bob on his first sales meeting sometime in the early 70's. It was at Sam Goldmans house in St. Louis. We stayed in an old hotel that had closed for a few years and had reopened so we were the only guests. Sam Goldman ,one of the great people in our industry made him feel welcome and he did a great job presenting his line. Our paths crossed a hundred times over the next 20 + years and he had a knack for new products. My best to Dale and his family.

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