College mourns death of Kallstrom, MC alumnus and Board member

College mourns death of Kallstrom, MC alumnus and Board member

Dec. 19, 2012
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications

Robert E. “Bob” Kallstrom ’60, a member of the Maryville College Board of Directors and chairman of the Board’s Investment and Endowment Committee, passed away suddenly, Dec. 16, 2012.

He was 74.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., on Fri., Dec. 21, in the Etchison Memorial Chapel at the Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 E. Church Street, in Frederick, Md. The Rev. Albert K. Lane III will officiate. Inurnment will be private.

A native of Norwood, Mass., Kallstrom came to Maryville College in 1956 and majored in economics. He later earned a master’s degree from Frostburg State University. His business career included working in computer-related management positions for more than 40 years. He was the founder and president of Softrac America, Inc. until his retirement.

Kallstrom joined the College’s Board of Directors in 2006 and was in his second full term of service at the time of his death.

Maryville College President Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart called Kallstrom “a devoted alumnus.”

“Bob’s financial expertise, coupled with his technological and management experience as the founder of a software company, added vital perspectives to the Board’s work. I enjoyed working with him and especially hearing stories about his many friends at Maryville,” the president said. “We all are grieving this tremendous loss.”

In addition to his service on the College’s Board of Directors, Kallstrom was a member of the board of trustees of Record Street Home. Previously, he had been chairman of the board of trustees of the Community Foundation of Frederick County, president of the Historical Society of Frederick County, and chairman of the Frederick County Interagency Data Processing Authority, among others. Bob also served on the board of trustees of Hood College, was on the board of trustees of the First Bank of Frederick and the First Frederick Financial Corporation. He was a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Frederick and the Frederick Coffee Club.

Survivors include wife Maureen Kallstrom, son David and his family, brother and sister-in law Richard Kallstrom and Mary Ann Schindel, brother-in-law Richard Isreal and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Foundation of Frederick County, 312 E. Church St., Frederick, MD 21701, to establish a scholarship in his name.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.