Rolf Weil used to say, “In what other country could you arrive with no money, and with hard work and commitment, become a university president?’’
Eddie Thompson was working two jobs but still made time to coach the Tuley Park Comets, the Chicago Park District Little League champions in 1959.
Joe Herbert, dead at 93, started selling cameras and lenses at Marquette Photo Supply when FDR was president and never minded customers just looking.
John Casey worked with Mayor Harold Washington to build the South Side YMCA, “an extraordinary commitment to the inner city,” said Almarie Wagner.
Morris Ellis “had a wonderful orchestra,” said band leader Stanley Paul. “He was very well thought of, and he was always such a gentleman.”
Simeon Wright never wavered in telling Emmett Till’s story, said his wife Annie Wright. “He told the truth,” she said. “It never changed.”
When it came time to plan her funeral, Christina Molloy made things easier for her family. “Bagpipes,” she instructed. “And get me a good singer.”
Pat Hill, former executive director of Chicago’s African American Police League, died Sunday of cancer.
Gus Alpogianis, part of three generations of restaurant owners, died Wednesday at 85. His restaurants included Kappy’s American Grill in Morton Grove.
Nancy Welch Knowles, who gave $10 million to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the largest individual gift in its 63-year history, has died at 86.
“She had a gazillion cousins and nephews who just adored her because she was sort of the glue of her family,” said a cousin, Cathy Lehmann.
Sister Kate Moriarty, dead at 81, was a funny, feminist nun who taught math at Chicago’s Mother McAuley High School, pushed girls to excel.
Lilette Rohe, who taught for more than 40 years at the Lilette Rohe School of Ballet in Evanston, has died at 95. She taught her last class in June.
Leland “Sugar” Cain, one of the last surviving Chicago & North Western railroad dining-car employees from train travel’s heyday, has died at 92.
John Macsai, who designed Lincolnwood’s famed Purple Hotel as well as graceful Lake Shore Drive high-rises, has died at 91 at his Evanston home.