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The Foundation Mourns Passing of Former Foundation President Dave Gleason

September 9, 2014

Dave 1Dave Gleason, who led the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children for more than 10 years as president before retiring in 2012, passed away at his home in Nashville on Sept. 4.

“The important, positive, and lasting contributions Dave has made leave an enduring legacy on the lives and well-being of countless children and families,” said Gary O’Neil, Chairman of the Foundation Board and Senior Vice President, Employee, Partner, and Community Engagement , for Bright Horizons.

Dave’s legacy includes the almost 300 Bright Spaces the Foundation has opened that serve 100,000 children a year.  Gleason Grants – the Foundation’s volunteer recognition grant named for him – also help thousands of children a year by recognizing Bright Horizons employees who volunteer in their communities.

“Dave will be remembered for his visionary leadership, appreciation for early educators, and an inherent sense of responsibility to share one’s success with those less fortunate,” said Foundation President Mark Mendel. “In addition to his work with the Foundation, he will also be remembered for his work in the field of early childhood education.”

A nationally recognized expert in quality child development programs, Dave’s impact on the field of early childhood education can be felt in the development of the CDA, which he collaborated with NAEYC to develop, and on the World Forum Foundation, which he stayed involved in throughout his life. At Bright Horizons, he had the vision to establish the Awards of Excellence and was committed to ensuring leaders in all roles are acknowledged and rewarded for their contributions to quality care and education.

Dave leaves behind Corinne, his wife off 44 years, four children (Kelly, Casey, Colleen, and Connor) and 10 grandchildren with another on the way.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave’s wife, Corrine, their children and grandchildren, as well as his many close friends within Bright Horizons and the early education community,” said Foundation Executive Director Becky Bowman. “We can all ensure his memory and vision live on by working with passion and compassion in all we do.”

Dave’s family has requested that charitable gifts be made in his memory to The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children to honor his passion for the well-being of all children, especially those in crisis such as children who are homeless.