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Dear SBI Members,

With regret and sorrow, I inform you of the passing of another SBI legacy, Dr. Stephanie Bardwell.  

Dr. Stephanie Bardwell age 65 passed away peacefully at home in Surry Virginia on March 21 2018 after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was a devoted wife mother grandmother sister aunt colleague and friend to many. She was a mentor to many current SBI members, and a friend to all who knew her.

Dr. Bardwell was professor of management of the Joseph W. Luter III School of Business where she has served Christopher Newport University with notable dedication passion and expertise from 1994 through her retirement in June 2017.

 Stephanie earned every accolade the Small Business Institute awards: she served as president of the SBI in 2011-2012; was named Fellow by the SBI in 2014--the highest honor that the SBI bestows upon a member, received the Homer L. Saunders Mentor Award for outstanding contribution as an SBI director in 2010; and a Showcase Award for her contributions to a true small business client success story in 2005.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in her honor to: Stephanie Bardwell Service Award in the Luter School of Business. 


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