By Ken Trainor
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
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