Ted Petry was the last known surviving witness to the first controlled nuclear reaction, which took place in 1942 at the University of Chicago.
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Aretha Franklin, who changed the face of rock, soul and R&B with classics like “Think” and “Respect,” has died of pancreatic cancer at 76.
Jack Vadas, a bait shop owner on Chicago’s East Side who fought to protect perch and was a ”major figure in Lake Michigan fisheries,” has died at 86.
Maureen “Moe” Clancy, owner of Moe’s Tavern in Logan Square, has died of breast cancer at 56.
Erma Drew sang in church with her sisters growing up in Evanston. Their break came when their mother, a maid, took a tape to her boss, a record exec.
For 46 years, Val’s halla Records — overflowing with thousands of LPs, cassettes and eight-tracks – has been an audiophile’s portal to another world.
“Every woman practicing design in Chicago owes Susan Jackson Keig a debt of gratitude,” said graphic designer Rick Valicenti.
“The joke in our family was that his mom changed his diaper, gave him his bottle and he went to work,” Barb Victor said of her husband Michael.
Holocaust survivor Anna Novak Heller said, “To survive is meaningful, because I have a family, because they will carry on for the rest.”
Rev. Jim Colleran, who blistered immigration sweeps 42 years ago and organized pickets and boycotts to help his Pilsen parishioners, has died at 80.
For Tatiana Mirutenko, Mexico City trip was a delayed honeymoon, “a dream come true.” Killed there by a stray bullet, her wake is Friday in Chicago.
John D. Crededio, founder of Chicago Studio City, has died at 72. The studio was used for TV shows, commercials and movies.
Clinton Ghent grew up in Bronzeville with “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius, found dancers for and later hosted the show. He has died at 78.
Chicago designer Reginald Thomas didn’t aim just for timeless. “If it wasn’t fabulous,” said fellow designer Jermikko Shoshanna, “it wasn’t Reginald.”
Jesse White’s sister has died — 27 years after her life-saving kidney transplant made secretary of state a champion of organ donation. Services set.