NIU remembers former trustee David W. Raymond

David W. Raymond
David W. Raymond

David W. Raymond, an original member of the NIU Board of Trustees, died Saturday, June 21. He was 68.

Appointed in October of 1995 by Gov. Jim Edgar, Raymond served on the board from Jan. 1, 1996, until September of 1998.

Then a resident of Glen Ellyn, he was vice president and general counsel for Hoffman Estates-based Sears, Roebuck and Co. He earned his law degree from Temple University in 1970.

“Dave came to this board as someone with a keen interest in higher education, but without much specific knowledge of NIU. That changed quickly,” Trustee Bob Boey said on the day of Raymond’s final meeting nearly 16 years ago.

“Dave took his role on this board very seriously, and spent many hours familiarizing himself with the campus, its students and staff and its mission,” Boey added. “In the process, David Raymond the trustee became David Raymond the loyal supporter.”

His support took on tangible form in April of 1998, when he donated $25,000 to the NIU Foundation to fund faculty innovations in computer-aided teaching. Anthropologist Michael Kolb received the first David W. Raymond Grant for Use of Technology in Teaching.

“As trustees, we are very aware of the critical role our faculty play in achieving the university’s mission. This endowment is intended to provide the faculty with an incentive and some resources to help develop innovative uses of technology in future teaching that might not otherwise be possible,” Raymond said then.

“At the same time, I’m hoping that this program will also serve as a platform to spotlight ideas already in development and technology that we already have in place in order to improve teaching at Northern.”

David W. Raymond
David W. Raymond

Raymond worked in the governmental affairs and law departments at Sears from 1970 to 1986 and in its corporate planning from 1986 to 1990. He then returned to the law department in the Sears Merchandise Group and, in 1993, was elected its vice president and general counsel.

He left Sears in 1996 for the Washington, D.C. offices of Winston & Strawn LLP, where he provided legal advice and counsel to the law firm’s business clients.

Following similar work at C-NAV Corp. from 2001 to 2003, he became president of the Alpha Tau Omega Chapter House Corp. of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, where he had earned his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1967.

Since May 2004, Raymond has administered academic award programs for student members of the fraternity, maintained relations with key staff and the college and the fraternity’s national headquarters and managed the ATO Chapter Alumni Board of Directors.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; son, Russell; and daughter, Pamela Weber. Services are planned Friday, June 27, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in McLean, Va.

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