2013 Obituaries: those who made a difference

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By Ken Trainor

Staff writer

As the year comes to an end, we offer a partial list to mark the passing of just a few of the many who helped make our villages what they are today and to whom we bid farewell.

Howard Hawkinson, 87, former Hatch School principal

Philip Wagreich, 71, math professor emeritus at UIC

Lester Stoffel, 92, former Oak Park Public Library director

Ernest Baughman, 97, economic advisor to President Eisenhower

Ean Barnard, 40, ran for village president in 1985 while in middle school

Tom Dunnington, 84, wise counselor and artist/illustrator

Francis Perkins, 91, former athletic director at OPRF High School

Richard Akin, 67, former Oak Park Public Library commissioner

Donald Rehkopf, 90, taught English at OPRF High School for 30 years

Paul Soderdahl, 106, pharmacist, chemist, caretaker

Anne Smedinghoff, 25, foreign service officer in Afghanistan

Adolph "Bud" Herseth, 91, legendary, longtime CSO trumpeter

Jack Wirtz, 78, OPRF H.S. Orchestra director and Music Dept. chair

Mark Keane, 93, Oak Park's first village manager

Daniel Gibbs, 97, pole vault champion in college

Carol Pittman, 76, Economy Shop volunteer, teacher

Tom Frei, 89, the "father of combination chemotherapy"

John LaMontaine, 93, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer

Angela Paterakis, art educator, advocate and innovator

Rev. Andrew Greeley, 85, prolific author, born in Oak Park

George Moore, 91, psychologist, Animal Care League founder

Catherine Deam, 69, park commissioner, realtor, foster parent

Sandra Meade, 63, interior designer, owned Meade Design

Jerry Jeep, 86, Vatican II Catholic, author, social justice advocate

Peter Lykos, 86, IIT professor

David Effgen, 61, co-founded Supported Education Association (SEA), musician

Barbara Mertz, 85, best-selling novelist (as Barbara Michaels and Elizabeth Peters) and Egyptologist, born in Oak Park

Mary Jo Kuenster, 58, architect, community volunteer

Rev. Bernard White, 94, former pastor at Ascension Church in Oak Park

Elizabeth Mitchell, 99, co-founder of the Native American Museum in Evanston

Suleyman Cetin, 92, rode his bike around Oak Park until the very end

Steve Kiraly, 91, Hungarian émigré, St. Edmund usher who was almost buried anonymously in a mass grave, but was given a proper burial thanks to his parish's efforts

Email: ktrainor@wjinc.com

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