Friday, February 14, 2014

Bainum, businessman and avid supporter of Adventist Education dies

Stewart W. Bainum, founder of Choice Hotels International, the second-largest hotel chain in the world, died today at 94 following complications with pneumonia. But Bainum wasn’t known only for his business acumen. A member of Potomac Conference’s Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md., Bainum was also known for his commitment to Seventh-day Adventist education.

“Today, the Columbia Union Office of Education mourns the loss of a true friend, generous benefactor and model Christian servant,” said Hamlet Canosa, EdD, the union’s vice president for education. “Mr. Bainum’s tireless efforts to ‘make a real difference’ in the academic pursuits of the young will be heralded for years to come and will continue to be deeply appreciated by all who were directly or indirectly touched by his kindness and support.”

For more than 40 years, the Bainum family has operated the Commonweal Foundation and donating millions of dollars every year to support programs and projects that help disadvantaged youth across the country succeed academically ... Read the full article by Nadia McGill in Visitor

Source: Columbia Union Visitor

Author: Nadia McGill│Visitor Staff

• Stewart W. Bainum, 94, died February 12, 2014 following complications from pneumonia. Born in Detroit in 1919, he hitchhiked to Washington, D.C. in 1936. Rising from humble beginnings, he started his career as a plumber and eventually formed his own development company. In 1957 he opened his first hotel in Silver Spring, Md. and three years later his first nursing center. From those endeavors Stewart eventually created the public companies, Manor Care Inc. and Choice Hotels International for which he served as Chairman and CEO from 1968-1987. For the remainder of his life, he remained actively involved in his private real estate companies as well as leadership of The Commonweal Foundation, a philanthropic family foundation he and his wife founded in 1968 ... ► Read the full obituary by The Washington Post

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