Former president and CEO of McDonald’s Corp. Charlie Bell died Monday, Jan. 17, after battling colo-rectal cancer. Bell died in his hometown of Sydney, Australia, at the age of 44. Bell was elected McDonald's president and CEO by the board of directors in April 2004, following the death of Jim Cantalupo. Bell previously served as president and COO, and was responsible for the company's more than 30,000 restaurants in 119 countries, during which time he also became a director of the company.
Before his promotion to president and COO in December 2002, Bell served as president of McDonald’s Europe, and was responsible for the company’s 6,000 restaurants in this geographic sector. Prior to that, he was president of Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa Group.
He began his McDonald’s career at age 15 as a part-time crew member at the Kingsford restaurant in Sydney. Bell progressed quickly through the ranks, becoming Australia’s youngest store manager at age 19. He became a vice president at 27 and a member of the Australian board of directors by 29. Between 1983 and 1985, Bell spent two years working for the McDonald's Europe development company in Frankfurt, Germany, and worked with joint venture partners and developmental licensees in Sweden, Norway, Holland and Belgium in operations. He held the position of operations director and regional manager before being made vice president of marketing in 1990. In 1993, Bell was appointed managing director of McDonald’s Australia.
Dorothy McArthur Dement
Dorothy McArthur Dement, Myrtle Point, OR, died Sept. 25, 2004, in Woodburn, OR. She was 83 years old. Born Sept. 9, 1921 in San Jose, CA, to Robert and Leora McArthur. Dement attended Oregon State University where she was a member of the Alpha Z Delta Sorority, graduating with a degree in Home Economics. While attending Oregon State she met Sam Dement. They were married February 20, 1943, at Camp Roberts, CA, where he was serving in the United States Army.
After the war she and Sam returned to Myrtle Point to operate the family ranch. She served as secretary for Sam when he was elected to the Oregon State Senate between 1968 and 1972.
Survivors include her husband, Sam Dement, Myrtle Point; daughter Diane Simon and son-in-law Gary, Woodburn; daughter Joan Harpole and son-in-law Ron, Powers; sister Jean McKee, Mission Viejo, CA; sister-in-law Aileen Dement, Lakeport, CA; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Frank W. Orr
Frank W. Orr, age 78, passed away January 4 at his home in Reno, Nevada. He was born September 12, 1926, in Vinson, Oklahoma, to Varner and Alice Orr.
He is survived by his wife Mary of 55 years, son Stephan, Reno, brother Vesta and his wife Nelda, Sweetwater, TX, sister-in-law Louise Craft, Earth, TX, and numerous aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces.
Raised on the family ranch, Orr attended high school and college in Texas before serving in the U. S. Army during WWII.
Orr worked for Mill Iron Ranches, Texas; Lucky Hereford Ranches, Gilroy, CA; Ace Hereford Ranch, Gardnerville, NV; and with Green Gulch Ranch, Sausalito, CA, Bordertown NV and Vinton, CA, since 1966 until he retired in 1999.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of Christ building fund or St. Mary's Hospice.