by HOWARD WIEDENHOEFT
This week we’re noting with reverence the passing of Rodell Mallow, 91, a longtime director and officer of Ixonia Mutual Insurance Company, predecessor of Forward Mutual Insurance Company. Rodell served as a director for 30 years, from 1969-1999. He died January 12, 2021.
As director, Rodell provided leadership for his fellow directors and management. His knowledge, experience, integrity, honesty and good business sense were influential and made a difference. He often shared the story that he never intended to join the Ixonia Mutual Board of Directors. It so happened in 1969, he had nothing to do on the day of the mutual’s annual meeting and decided to attend, something he had never done before. On a whim and without consulting Rodell, a policyholder placed Rodell’s name in nomination against longtime director and then-mutual secretary John Degner. Rodell often laughed that he didn’t realize he could decline the nomination. Instead, Secretary Degner removed his own name from the nomination, citing he had served as a director for 46 years and it was time to step down. No other policyholder was nominated and Rodell was elected to his first term as a director.
In addition to serving as a director, Rodell served as the mutual’s vice president for two years, from 1983-1985. He then served as president for 14 years, until his retirement from the board of directors in 1999.
Rodell was direct. You always felt confident knowing he put the interest of the mutual and its policyholders ahead of his own. He was a forward thinker, always pushing for changes to better serve the policyholders. He was instrumental in building the mutual’s first office in 1995, thus moving the daily operation from the home of the mutual secretary.
Our condolences go to Rodell’s family. His obituary can be seen here.