David Lee Kolb


Last updated 4/8/2020 at 4:38pm | View PDF

David Lee Kolb, 81, of Oak Brook died peacefully April 2, 2020.

David was born in 1939 in Charleston, W.Va., to Karl Oliver Kolb and Mary Elizabeth Horton. He is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he received his bachelor of science in chemical engineering. He received a master's in business administration from the University of Richmond and a juris doctor from Fordham University School of Law.

David served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board at Mohawk Industries Inc. Under David's leadership, Mohawk became a public company, entered the Fortune 500, and received numerous awards and recognition for management excellence. David also served on the boards of Chromcraft Revington Douglas Inc., Paxar Corp. and Aaron's Inc., as well as numerous industry groups.

David focused his philanthropic efforts on education. In addition to his financial contributions to academic institutions across the country, David served on the board of trustees at Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven, Ga., and the Mount Vernon School and the Schenck School in Sandy Springs, Ga.

David is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years, Susan Barbara Kolb, née Long; their children, Kristopher and Alexander; his children, Mark (Sarah) Kolb, Karin Kolb, Matthew (Melissa "Misty") Kolb, and Michael Kolb; his seven grandchildren and their families; and many relatives, friends and loved ones.

With the current regulations on public gatherings, the Kolb family will hold a private family funeral service at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.

Please support the family by signing the guest book and tribute page at https://www.sullivanfuneralhomehinsdale.com in lieu of flowers.

Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.


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