Joe and Rika Mansueto Library architect Helmut Jahn speaks with University of Chicago Library Director and University librarian Judith Nadler (retired 2014), as the library opens its doors for the first time for use by students and scholars on May 16, 2011.
Nathan Marion Lofton, 91, formerly of Chicago’s Uptown and Hyde Park neighborhoods and principal at Joan F. Arai Middle School, as well as a musician, guitar teacher and U.S. Army Korean War veteran, passed away peacefully April 24, 2021.
Wardell Lavender, a community activist who became known as the “Mayor of Woodlawn,” died of prostate cancer on April 7. He was 80 years old.
Marshall D. Sahlins, an anthropologist at the University of Chicago known for his political radicalism, sharp wit, and groundbreaking scholarship, passed away April 5 in his Hyde Park home. He was 90.
Reine-Marie Flora Rachel Mikesell died on April 3 at the age of 93, at Montgomery Place in Hyde Park. She was born in Tourcoing, outside Lille, France, completing her classical education there with language study in England and Spain. During an extended visit to Morocco in 1956 she attended …
Mrs. Elaine Morris died Sunday, April 11, in her long-time home in Kenwood, at the age of 97.
Jetta Jones, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on April 9 in her daughter Courtney’s home in Pasadena, California. Born February 24, 1926, she was 95 years old.
On Friday, February 26, 2021, beloved husband and father Jesse Bradford Jr passed away peacefully at the age of 85, surrounded by close family. Born on April 15, 1935 in Tippo, MS, to proud parents Jesse Sr. and Rosie Bradford, Jesse grew up in a loving home amongst his brothers Levell and C…
Carol Dunham Strauss was born and grew up in Waterloo, Iowa. An early memory was of being quarantined with diphtheria, with her father climbing a ladder to peer in on her and her sister. She picked out the cello as an instrument and enjoyed playing as an amateur much of her adult life in cha…
Dorothy Rita Ballerina Flemming died on March 11 at the age of 101.
Grace E. Newman, beloved Chicago teacher, wife, mother and grandmother who lived most of her life in Chicago, peacefully passed away on March 10, 2021.
Dr. Elizabeth Willis Pryor, a local dentist, Kenwood Academy graduate and devoted amateur baker, died unexpectedly on Feb. 28 at the age of 65.
Roger Hildebrand, who worked on the Manhattan Project as a teenager before becoming a particle physicist and astronomer at the University of Chicago, died on Jan. 21 in Lexington, Massachusetts. Hildebrand, who lived in Hyde Park for more than 65 years, was 98.
Paul G. Bruce, 96, long time resident of Hyde Park, passed away peacefully on February 13 after a battle with prostate cancer.
Fred Poznak, a resident of Hyde Park for over 70 years, died peacefully on February 11, 2021 at Sunrise Lincoln Park in Chicago from complications of pancreatic cancer.
Beloved husband, dedicated father and grandfather, Roger Raymond Fross died February 16, 2021, at the age of 80. Born in Rockford, IL, he attended DePauw University and the University of Chicago Law School. Roger spent over fifty years making Chicago, Hyde Park and his Deerwood community bet…
Alfred Klinger was a man with a poem for every occasion. For his 90th birthday celebration, which he advertised in the Herald as a catered affair open to the entire neighborhood, he recited a 45-minute autobiographical epic.
Former Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who steered a sea change within public education organizing before stepping down in 2018, has died. She was 67.
Dr. Edward Cohen died January 27, 2021, at the age of 88 after unsuccessfully fighting COVID-19. With his wife, Toba Cohen (née Gold), Ed lived in the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood from 1968 to 2020, when they moved full time to Key West, Florida.
Roosevelt D. Collins, a distinguished dental surgeon, died in Chicago on Dec. 17, 2020, at the age of 92.
Joan Kathryn Stuart passed away peacefully at home on February 6, 2020.
Barbara Ann Young, a globetrotter whose life-long love of international travel led to a career as a travel agent, graduate studies in linguistics and a three-year stint in Nigeria from 1977 to 1980, died on Dec. 30, 2020, at the age of 91.
Dr. Arlene Kirschenbaum Zide passed away January 8 in Chicago from the effects of COVID-19.
Barbara Frei, 81, wife of the late John Frei of Hyde Park, passed away Monday, January 11 in Aarau, Switzerland. Born April 17th, 1939 in Switzerland, she was the daughter of Rudolph and Gertrud Schmid.
Dusty Trellis was her stage name. If you met her, she might offer you a business card bearing that name. But she had been baptized Elizabeth Rahuba 65 years ago in New Jersey.
Joseph Earl Wiley, 98, died peacefully on Dec. 11 at the Regency on Whidbey Assisted Living Center on Whidbey Island in Washington state. Mr. Wiley or Joe, as he was known to family and friends, was born on July 12, 1922 in Dayton, Ohio, his mother’s hometown, though he would spend over 70 y…
Peter Oliver Vandervoort, an astrophysicist at the University of Chicago who kept alive the memory of the Manhattan Project and a generation of famous scientists, died on Dec. 11 at the age of 85.
Joan Lawson, who overcame racism and poverty to pursue a career in public health and, after retirement, become a beloved volunteer at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, died on Dec. 4 at the age of 84. The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism, according to son Dennis Watson.
A World War II veteran, ardent progressive and beloved family man, Eugene (Gene) Krell built community wherever he went. He was an Illinois boy who went to Japan for the war and decided to bring a bit of the world back with him to Hyde Park, where he lived for over six decades. Gene died on …
Dr. Hyman Rochman, 88, passed away on October 21, in Chicago at Montgomery Place. He was born on Oct. 7, 1932 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Marvin Zonis, 84, widely admired and loved Professor Emeritus of Business Administration at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, died on Sunday, Nov. 15, after a brief illness.
Beatrice Akiko Takeuchi passed away peacefully at Hanson Hospice Care Center in Stevensville, Michigan, on Nov. 11. She had been a resident of Harbert, Michigan, for the past 28 years and was formerly of Hyde Park, New York City and Washington D.C. She was the daughter of Kojiro Takeuchi, pu…
James M. Ratcliffe, 95, passed away on June 17 in Chicago, Illinois. He was born on May 26, 1925 in Kewanee, Illinois, to the late James and Madeleine Ratcliffe.
Cindy Pardo, a quilter known for her elaborately patterned, particolored designs and leadership in the local arts scene, as well as her work with First Unitarian Church, died on Oct. 25 at 74.
Karen Davis died at her home in Hyde Park on October 14th, 2020. Born Karen Ann in 1939 to Arnie and Dollie Schlicht of Sibley, Iowa, she attended local schools and then Grinnell College as an American studies and education major.
Sylvia Ruth Telser (née Trossman), age 90, of Hyde Park died on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
Elise Evans Gorun, a Hyde Park resident of many years,passed away Oct. 20 in Loveland, Colorado where she and her husband, Alexander Avram Gorun, had recently relocated from Chicago.
Wendy Ruth Neuberger Gerick, age 92, passed away peacefully in Chicago on October 14, 2020. She was born in Oakland, CA in 1928 to Lester and Madeleine Neuberger.
Hilde Staniulis was born in 1920 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the third of four children. She was forced to leave Germany when the Nazis came to power. She first went to Palestine, where she lived and went to an agricultural school before working at a private farm — quite a change for a gi…
After a long battle with breast cancer, preschool teacher and Hyde Parker Sharon Vadeboncoeur died at age 69 on Sept. 15.
Vivian Cook Loseth, who worked for the Youth Guidance nonprofit social service agency for nearly four decades and spent four years as its CEO, died on Sept. 2 at the age of 78 after suffering a stroke.
Vreni Naess, who played key roles in numerous cultural and educational programs in and around Hyde Park, died recently at her home. Relatives said she had not suffered from any lingering disability or illness.
Margaret “Peggy” Bevington, a longtime teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools nursery, mother of four and avid lover of literature and language, died on Sept. 5 at home hospice in Hyde Park after a period of ill health. She was 87.
Richard Paul Taub, Professor Emeritus of the University of Chicago, sociologist of urban, rural, and community economic development, died peacefully at his home in Santa Fe, NM, on Aug. 19, at the age of 83.
Long-time Hyde Park resident Margaret Poznak Mine died peacefully at age 93 on Aug. 1, at Montgomery Place where she had been a resident since 2014.The daughter of John (Ivan Alexeivitch) Pozniak and Yetta (Yospe), immigrants from Byelorussia (now Belarus) who had met at a left-wing organiza…
The Rev. Leon Dorsey Finney, Jr., a powerful real estate developer who resisted the advances of the University of Chicago in Woodlawn during the early 1960s and built up a controversial real estate empire only to see it collapse toward the end of his life, died on Sept. 4 at the age of 82.
Abel Jeuland, a professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business who stayed in touch with his French heritage, raised a family and loved the arts, died on Aug. 19 at home in Hyde Park at the age of 71.
Richard Stephen Berry, a University of Chicago physical chemist who contributed to the understanding of atomic transition and organization and advocated for clean energy use, died on July 26, aged 89.
Lt. Dion Boyd, who led the 2nd District police from July 2018 to February 2020, died by suicide on July 28 at the Homan Square facility, aged 57.
Joan F. Small, who worked 16 years as the first deputy commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and spent her retirement volunteering for arts, culture and social justice nonprofits, died on June 24 at 78.
Zelda Star, a long-time resident of Hyde Park died on June 20, 2020 at the age of 94.
Dwight Powell, who served as treasurer and on the board of the Jackson Park Advisory Council for a dozen years, advocating for the establishment of the Obama Presidential Center there, died recently of natural causes at the age of 72.
Toussaint G. Toole, a head and neck surgeon who lived in Hyde Park, died recently at the age of 84.