Jim Hummeland, 77, Sui generis, friend, mentor
James C. Hummeland, 77, of Oak Park died July 25, 2006 at his home. He lived a rich and varied life. As a young man he spoke briefly with Albert Einstein. In the late 1940s he played the role of “Billy” on the popular network radio program, “Jack Armstrong,” and went on to portray many different characters on other radio shows.

Born in Chicago in 1929, he was raised in Mexico by his grandmother and returned at age 12 to live with his parents in Maywood. He attended Proviso High School and went on to graduate from Northwestern University with a degree in psychology. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to St. Paul’s College at the University of Sydney in Australia. After a year of traveling around the world, he joined the Encyclopedia Brittanica, establishing and directing a South American division that published the first Spanish language edition of this work.

With a reputation as an interested, and therefore interesting, man, he liked probing for the opinions of others. Whether insects or galaxies, the quantum or the quotidian, Jim was involved. A keen listener and an articulate speaker, he was a lightning rod at “Talkfest,” a series of weekly Oak Park discussion meetings he helped originate in the 1970s. He served regularly as an election judge in later years.

In his later years he taught psychology at Triton and served as a part-time teacher in the local school systems. He also did medical and other consulting work-researching, writing and publishing various papers. Twice married and once widowed, he left no children or other known relatives.

Please join a gathering of Jim’s friends at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3 at La Majada, 226 W. Harrison St., Oak Park to celebrate his life.

Any questions, please call Joan Hooker at 386-2645

-Submitted by Bob Sullivan

Thomas Atwood, 61, worked with Mother Theresa in India
Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St., Oak Park, for Thomas R. Atwood, Oak Park resident, internationally known in the food industry.

Mr. Atwood, 61, died Aug. 17, 2006, at Loyola Medical Center, Maywood, from pancreatic cancer diagnosed only three weeks ago.

Born on April 18, 1945 in Yakima, Wash., he attended Yakima High School and received his B.A. in political science from the University of Washington in 1967. He served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970, his last assignment at Danang, Viet Nam, near the DMZ. He then received his M.B.A. from Thunderbird, The Gavin School of International Management, Glendale, Ariz. in 1972.

He was president of Ajinomoto Food Ingredients LLC, Chicago, and a member of the Corporate Management Committee, Ajinomoto USA Inc. The company sells food ingredients, including Aspartame sweetener, MSG monosodium glutamate, and other food additives. He also worked as vice president of Modern Maid Foods in Uniondale, N.Y., and Archer Daniels Midland Company in Decatur.

While at ADM, he worked with the United Nations World Food Program. He traveled to India throughout the 1980s, meeting and working with Mother Theresa and her Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta.

He was chairman of The Glutamate Association, delegate to the International Glutamate Technical Committee, delegate to the International Glutamate Information Service, and chairman of the 2006 International Glutamate Technical Committee meeting and member of International Food Technologists.

Survivors include Leslie C. Atwood, whom he married in 1972, and children, both attorneys, Emily R. Atwood of Oak Park and Evan B. Atwood of Geneva, and his brother Peter (Margaret) Atwood of Poulsbo, WA.

Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park.

-Submitted by Charles Chauncey Wells

Alyce Lauber, 90, loved curling and golf
Alyce Eleanor Kloos Lauber, 90, died at home on Aug. 12, 2006 in Paradise Valley, Ariz. A part-time resident of River Forest, she was born in Chicago, Feb. 20, 1916. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign, Mrs. Lauber majored in Sociology and Psychology.

Always active in the community, she served as the president of the River Forest Board of Religious Education, and on the boards of the Infant Welfare Society of Oak Park and River Forest and ARCS of Phoenix. An avid golfer, Alyce and her husband, Robert, traveled the world as members of the “200 Club”, an international golf club. Long before curling was an Olympic sport, Alyce was “sweeping the ice” during the winters.

She suffered a massive stroke in 1995 and persevered 11 years with left-side paralysis.

Alyce Lauber was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Robert R. Lauber, who died in 2000. She is survived by three daughters, Judith L. Whalen, Susan L. Henness (Charles), and Patricia R. Lauber (Kerry Shintani); her six grandchildren, Molly Whalen Cox (Christoph), Maud Whalen McGaw (Sebastian), Alyce Henness, Charlie Henness, Robby Shintani, and Jason Shintani; and her six great-grandchildren, Lukas, Tristan, Livia, and Aengus Cox and Maia and Julian McGaw.

A visitation and funeral service were held Aug. 20 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, followed by private interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to University of Illinois Foundation, Library Fund, c/o Harker Hall, MC-386, 1305 Green St., Urbana, Ill. 61801.

Juliette Nelles, 83
Juliette Nelles died in her Oak Park home on July 30, 2006, at the age of 83. She is survived by her husband, Peter; her daughter, Franoise; her son, James; her grandsons, Nathaniel and Liam; and her granddaughter, Felicia. Memorial services were held Aug. 19 at the West Central Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1154 Wisconsin, in Oak Park.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Adventist Disaster Relief Agency, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904; its website is www.adra.org.

James Brooks, 91, physician for the Lyric Opera
James M. Brooks, M.D., 91, died on Aug. 19 at Sunrise of Schaumburg Care Center in Schaumburg. Born on June 9, 1915 in Washington, D.C., his family moved to Oak Park where he graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1933. He graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1936 and from Northwestern Medical School in 1945.

On staff (otolaryngology) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for over 50 years, he became professor emeritus at the medical school. He was physician for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and treated many prominent celebrities. He has been a member of the AMA since 1950, the Illinois Medical Society since 1950, and the Chicago Medical Society since 1957.

Dr. Brooks is survived by his wife, Jean, of River Forest; his sons, John (Janet), David (Mary), and Richard (Kathy); his seven grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Ruth Anderson.

Visitation was held Aug. 22 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park. Funeral services will take place Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Oak Park, 820 Ontario, Oak Park 60302, followed by private interment. Memorials to First Baptist Church of Oak Park are requested in lieu of flowers.

Edith Thomas, 90, Garden Club member
Edith W. Thomas (nee Winand), 90, of Oak Park, died on Aug. 14, 2006 at her home. Born on Sept. 18, 1915 to Joseph and Beatrice Winand and raised in New Orleans, La., she was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy Elementary and High School and received her degree in 1936 from Xavier University. Mrs. Thomas was a supervisor for the Louisiana State Welfare System. She was a member of the Garden Club.

Edith Thomas is survived by her daughter, Glynne (Paul) Gervais of Oak Park, and her son W. Joseph (Sandra) Thomas; her step-daughters, Gladys (John) Henderson, Geraldine Stevens, and Elizabeth Allen; 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald.

A memorial Mass was celebrated Aug. 19 at St. Edmund Church in Oak Park.

-Compiled by Ken Trainor

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