Ronald E. Poelman, an emeritus LDS general authority known as a gentle leader who spoke often of service, unselfishness and forgiveness, died Saturday at his Salt Lake City home. He was 83.
Born and reared in Salt Lake City, Poelman received a law degree from the University of Utah in 1955. Later, he earned a graduate degree from Harvard's business school.
He served a two-year LDS mission to the Netherlands, married Claire Stoddard Poelman and together they had four children. She died of cancer in 1979. In 1982, he married Anne Osborn, a professor of radiology at the U.