The church the Rev. James Bass founded birthed “more than 15 churches . . . and more than 30 preachers, ministers and pastors,” said his son Vincent.
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Kermit Campbell “was that big brother, always watching,” said Reggie Stewart, a coworker at 840 N. Lake Shore Drive.
Frank Higgins had “an encyclopedic knowledge of the law and a photographic memory. And he was driven. He never liked to lose.”
At 19, she’d moved to Chicago from Alabama. She became a mentor to African-Americans who moved up from the South during the Great Migration.
Constance Piscopo’s son Frank was one of 95 people who died in the fire 60 years ago this weekend. The victims were remembered at a cemetery service.
The victims of the fire were remembered at a mass on Dec. 1, 2008, the 50th anniversary of the tragedy.
The 50th anniversary of the fire at Our Lady of the Angels School was remembered with a mass in 2008.
The survivors’ voices come across loud and clear on a website that bristles with emotion.
Whether he was meeting presidents, prime ministers or titans of industry, “In every instance,” Leo Melamed said, “I was wearing a Syd Jerome suit.”
Aimee Johnson-Kilman “was my dream girl,” said radio newsman Buzz Kilman, her husband of 22 years. She died after a recurrence of breast cancer.
Courtenay Wright, U. of C. physicist who in WWII decoded a message that made him one of the first to know about the launch of D-Day, has died.
After both sons died, “I was at the point where I didn’t want to be here anymore,” said Grace Rios. “Rudy helped me. . .he never gave up.”
Retired U. of C. physicist Riccardo Levi-Setti was also a rock star — a renowned authority on trilobite fossils,. He died Nov. 8 in Hyde Park at 91.
Zenon Mazurkevich-designed Chicago church “is this gigantic, shiny, imposing yet quirky spaceship-like object” in an unusual Northwest Side spot.
Bartender Frank Rotondo was “part therapist, part bartender, part friend,” says Rich Melman, founder of Lettuce Entertain You restaurants.