For many who left the South’s cotton fields and farms for factories in Chicago, Leola White’s home was the first stop on the way to a better life.
Inez Loredo — “central to the campaign to win Benito Juarez” Community Academy and a longtime community activist in Pilsen — has died at 95.
Daughter who never knew WWII Marine from the North Side looking forward to being close to him for the first time — and wishes she knew more about him.
Skip Haynes, who wrote the Chicago anthem “Lake Shore Drive,” died of cancer Monday in California. He was 71.
Chicago union leader Robert Vaughn has died at 82. The former meat-cutter rose to be president of Local 546 of the United Food and Commercial Workers.
“Cherif Bassiouni was one of the most consistent, courageous and knowledgeable people I have ever met,” said human rights activist Bianca Jagger.
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.
Xavier “X” Atencio — animator behind early Disney movies “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia” and Disneyland rides like The Haunted Mansion — is dead at 98.
Morris Ellis “had a wonderful orchestra,” said band leader Stanley Paul. “He was very well thought of, and he was always such a gentleman.”
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.
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.
Tony de Brum, the Marshall Islands’ former climate ambassador and a leading voice behind the Paris Agreement, has died at 72.