Laura P. Sullivan, the only woman to serve as chairman of the Institute's board of directors, died Dec. 10, 2010, in Chicago. She was 63 years old.
Sullivan was vice president, corporate secretary, and counsel of State Farm until her retirement at the end of 2004. An Iowa native, she joined State Farm as a senior attorney in 1975. Before that, she was director of the property and casualty division of the Iowa Insurance Department.
Sullivan served on the Institute's board from 1984 to 1997 and again from 2002 to 2004. She was chairman during 1987-88.