JSJ Corporation, and the community as a whole, lost a leader and part of its heart this past January. Lynne Sherwood passed away unexpectedly on January 10, 2016 leaving behind a legacy of philanthropy, intelligence, and innovation.
Lynne was valedictorian of her Grand Haven High School class in 1959. She went on to earn a degree from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was one of the first women to be admitted for the full two-year program. This led to a 35-year career as a securities analyst and vice president for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York City.
In 1997, Lynne returned to the Grand Haven area to take an active role in the management of JSJ Corporation, having already joined the board of directors in 1981. She served as Chairman of JSJ from 2005 to 2011, following eight years as Corporate Secretary.
Lynne will be remembered not just for her business achievements, but also for her philanthropy in this community. She was quiet about the work she did, but it had a large impact, nonetheless. She oversaw the Marian A. and Ruth K. Sherwood Family Fund community foundation on behalf of her late parents, but she also helped to fund many projects on her own. She supported numerous causes including the Tri-Cities Family YMCA, Four Pointes Senior Center, North Ottawa Dunes preservation project, Love INC, and the North Ottawa Community Hospital emergency room expansion project, to name a few.
JSJ Corporation lost a member of its family, and the community lost a quiet giant when we said good bye to Lynne Sherwood.