John Price, 70, DePaul professor and administrator

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John Edward Price, 70, a longtime Oak Parker who retired to Columbus, Ind., died on Nov. 2, 2011 at Hospice of South Central Indiana. Born on Aug. 23, 1941 in Detroit, Mich., the son of Edward F. Price and Felicia Karr Price and the stepson of Edward W. Kulaski, he married Mary McGoohan in Evanston on June 28, 1968.

Mr. Price studied at Marquette University (B.A. and M.A) and Loyola University of Chicago (Ph.D.). His academic area of interest was Shakespeare and the English Renaissance. In 1968, he joined the faculty of DePaul University, where he taught 40 different courses and served as director of the DePaul College Writing Program, head of the Division of Humanities, director of the Graduate Program in English, and director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.

He served as president of a number of organizations, including the Marquette University chapter of the classics honor fraternity Eta Sigma Phi, the Chicago Area College English Association, the Oak Park Tennis Association, and the Board of Trustees of Beacon Unitarian Church, Oak Park. He was also an active volunteer with Dialogue, serving as a reader for the visually impaired and a member of the executive committee of the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies. Upon retirement in 1999, he received DePaul's highest faculty honor, the Via Sapientiae Award.

In June 1999, he moved to Columbus, Ind., where he enjoyed hiking, boating, bicycling, writing and community involvement. He was a volunteer tutor for the McDowell Adult Literacy Program and participated in the Community Hot Meals program for a decade as well as a member of Shakespeare Club, Meridian Kiwanis, and the Sunday Service Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his son, James Brendan Price (Susan) of Oak Park and his daughter, Alison Price (Douglas Askham) of Forest Park; his sister, Lenore Kulaski (John) Treba; his brother, Edward James (Karen) Price; his grandchildren, Conor Bernoski Price, Nathan Thompson, Nicholas Thompson, Ian Askham and Anne Askham; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the McDowell Adult Literacy Program, Hospice of South Central Indiana, or the general scholarship fund of a favorite college or university. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, Ind., 7850 Goeller Road, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

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Karen Nelson from Berwyn, IL  

Posted: December 6th, 2011 11:40 PM

Sending my love, prayers and sympathy to Alison and her family. I've enjoyed getting to know about this lively, engaged, unique, thoughtful and gifted man through the eyes of his wonderful daughter. May his spirit live on through you and your children.

Carrie Marling Bankes from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 17th, 2011 4:55 PM

Deepest sympathy to John's family. He sure did a great job raising his daughter, Alison.

Shirley Lundin from Indian Head Park, IL  

Posted: November 12th, 2011 11:20 AM

John will be well remembered by all who knew him. As for me, we worked together creating new bylaws when Beacon merged with Unity Temple UUC. My deepest sympathies.

Betsy Davis from Oak Park  

Posted: November 9th, 2011 1:47 PM

A beautiful man, brilliant and hard worker, and adored friend of many. Beacon Church owed much of its liveliness directly to him. with much love to Mary, Jim, Alison and five beautiful grandchildren. Betsy

Diane Wilson from Oak Park  

Posted: November 9th, 2011 6:41 AM

My deepest sympathies to Alison and all the family. He seemed like a very loved man. May he rest in peace. Kindest regards, Diane

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