James LeVoy Sorenson
James LeVoy Sorenson (July 30, 1921 – January 20, 2008) was the founder of Sorenson Companies, a parent company of 32 corporations.
Sorenson was born in Rexburg, Idaho. With only a high school diploma, he made a fortune in local real estate before expanding in other directions such as innovative technology. Sorenson holds roughly 60 patents, and is credited with a number of medical inventions including the disposable surgical mask and the disposable venous catheter.
One of his companies, Sorenson Genomics, has also begun a genetic database known as the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, and claims to be the only laboratory in the world to have successfully identified victims in Thailand of the 2004 tsunami.
In 2003, Sorenson was honored as the "Alumnus of the Year" by Sierra College in Rocklin, California, which he attended from 1940 to 1941. His pre-med studies were interrupted by World War II and a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Sorenson died on January 20, 2008 of cancer, aged 86. He was survived by a large extended family, including his wife, eight children and 47 grandchildren.
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- Forbes.com: Forbes World's Richest People
- Sorenson Companies/Sorenson Group Management
- Deseret News bio
- Sierra College alumni success stories
- USA Today profile, Sorenson's last interview
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