Don Register

Oak Park “olders,” who continue to distinguish themselves with contributions to the community and serve as role models of lifelong learning, will be honored at the 16th annual Ulyssean Dinner on Sept. 27.

Sponsored by the Senior Citizens Center of Oak Park-River Forest, the event will honor Nancy Teclaw and Don & Dolores Register.

Teclaw was chosen for her lifetime of leadership and service on behalf of the community’s senior citizens. She directed the Township’s Senior Services Department from 1975 to 1995, founding or expanding programs such as congregate and home-delivered meals, chore service, case management for seniors requiring extra attention, and assistance to victims of elder abuse. In a typical year, she directed Township services to 1,200 of Oak Park’s older citizens. Most recently the Oak Park Village Board appointed her to its newly-formed “Aging in Place” Advisory Commission.

Rev. Donald Register has devoted his professional life to issues of fairness and justice.  As a clergyman in the Presbyterian denomination, whether in California as a student or later in inner-city St. Louis, he advocated for residents or congregations in neighborhoods facing displacement by those in power. Subsequently he served with the Chicago Presbytery. Locally, he was a member of the Oak Park YMCA board and the OPRF High School Boosters Club.

Dolores Register was the director of District 97’s Multicultural Education Center for 12 years, a resource for teachers and administrators in the district’s 10 schools.

The Registers were also one of the early black families to move into Oak Park during the Fair Housing era of the 1960s.

The Ulyssean Awards take place on Friday, Sept. 27 at Brookdale Oak Park, 1111 Ontario St., with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Reservations and further information is available at 708-848-5251.

Ken Trainor

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