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John Sobol, longtime North Shore barber, dies

John Sobol ran John’s Barber Shop in Wilmette for 55 years and brought to the job all the requisite talents — natty appearance, a broad … Read more ›

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RENOWNED CHILDREN’S DRAMA EDUCATOR ANNE THURMAN DIES AT 92 Former Northwestern professor touched a generation of theatre teachers, students

EVANSTON, Ill. — Anne H. Thurman, an internationally known drama educator and pivotal figure in the field of children’s theatre, died peacefully in Evanston Sunday, … Read more ›

Willie May, pictured here in a 1981 faculty photo. (Evanston Township High School photo)

ETHS mourns loss of Willie May, former athletic director and Olympic silver medalist

Willie May, Evanston Township High School’s long-time athletic director and a former silver medalist at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, died March 28 from … Read more ›

Ruth Osgood was one of the first female air traffic controllers at Midway Airport. (March 28, 2012)

Ruth Osgood, early air traffic controller at Midway later involved with women’s health issues, dies

Ruth Osgood got her private pilot’s license while in college, and she signed up for the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots in 1944, only to see … Read more ›

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Sheila Leonard, wife of radio personality Roy Leonard, dies

Sheila Leonard often played a role in her husband Roy’s long-running conversation with listeners during his 31 years at WGN-AM. “She went with me everywhere,” … Read more ›

Frances Coleman Powell, 1909–2012

Frances Coleman Powell traveled widely during her long life, bringing back fond memories of places that remain well off the beaten path. “When we talked … Read more ›

Frank Aschenbrenner, Northwestern football hero of 1949 Rose Bowl, dies at 86

Frank Aschenbrenner was a key player in Northwestern University’s 1949 Rose Bowl victory over the University of California. Early in the game, Mr. Aschenbrenner took … Read more ›

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Jay A. Miller, longtime executive director of ACLU of Illinois

Jay A. Miller led the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois for more than 25 years during a lifetime devoted to fighting against anything he … Read more ›

Lee Groban, 64, eccentric artist, dies of heart failure

Lee Groban’s poem “A Cure for Insomnia” ran to more than 5,700 pages. His film of the same title had a running time of 85 … Read more ›

George Gallup Jr., Gallup Poll founder’s son, dies

Pollster George Gallup Jr. has died in New Jersey, a year after being diagnosed with liver cancer, his family said Wednesday. He was 81. Gallup, … Read more ›