Miscellaneous Cook County, Illinois Obituaries - 1998


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Claudette Colbert, 92, actress in more than 60 motion pictures, including such 1930s films as "Midnight," "Cleopatra" and the classic "It Happened One Night," for which she won a best-actress Oscar (1934); among her other films are "I Met Him in Paris," "Three Came Home," "Midnight" and "Tovarich"; later, she appeared on stage and in the 1986 TV miniseries "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles," for which she won a Golden Globe; July 30, in St. Peter, Barbados.
Published: Sunday, August 4, 1996 

Michel Debre, 87, former prime minister of France (1959-62), under President Charles de Gaulle, and known as the father of the constitution of the Fifth Republic; he later held the Cabinet portfolios of economy, foreign affairs and defense and was a member of Parliament seven times, beginning in 1963; Aug. 2, in the Loire Valley of France.
Published: Sunday, August 4, 1996 

Roger Tory Peterson, 87, probably the best-known ornithologist of the 20th Century, whose "Field Guide to the Birds" inspired and instructed millions of bird-watchers; in his 60-year career, he wrote, illustrated, edited and helped create more than 40 guides on natural subjects (15 on birds), many of which sold millions of copies and were translated into several languages; July 28, in Old Lyme, Conn.
Published: Sunday, August 4, 1996 

Howard Reed Gill Jr., 73, who founded Golf Digest magazine and helped build it from a schoolmates' enterprise into an international monthly selling more than a million copies; he retired in 1988 after 35 years as publisher; Golf Digest started in the early 1950s, when he and two friends, all of whom attended New Trier High School and Northwestern University, distributed its initial version at Chicago area courses; July 30, at his home in Fairfield, Conn.
Published: Sunday, August 4, 1996 

Harold C. Fox, 86, Chicago-born clothier and sometime jazz trumpeter who created the zoot suit worn by trendsetters and musicians in the 1930s and '40s; his wide-shouldered, narrow-cuffed outfit, featuring high-waisted trousers and long, draped jacket, helped define the look of "hep cats," devotees of the sounds of swing and boogie-woogie; July 28, on Siesta Key, Fla. 
Published: Sunday, August 4, 1996 

Al Rollins, 69, onetime Blackhawks goalie who was the National Hockey League's MVP in 1954; in his first full season, 1950-51, he was named best goaltender as he led Toronto to the Stanley Cup; before retiring in 1960, he played 430 games and had 28 shutouts with the Hawks, Toronto and New York Rangers; July 27, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 
Published: Sunday, August 4, 1996 

Taylor Cotton Jr., 58, executive director of Black Contractors United and previously manager of the affirmative action division of the Chicago Urban League; for more than 25 years, he had helped minority members make a significant inroad into the construction industry in the city; July 27, of a heart attack while dining in a South Side restaurant. 
Published: Sunday, August 4, 1996 

Ethel Clare, 90, northwest suburban homemaker known for her lifetime of volunteerism; she had been a volunteer at First Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights and in her community since the 1930s; she was a former resident of Park Ridge (1938-77) and later Arlington Heights; she also was a founder of Northwest Community Hospital and an original member of its auxiliary board; July 27, in Northwest Community Hospital. 
Published: Sunday, August 4, 1996 

Archie Mosay, 94, Indian spiritual leader who served as a living history book for Ojibway Indians in Wisconsin and Minnesota; as the Grand Chief of the St. Croix Band of Ojibway in Wisconsin, he spoke at hundreds of events in Indian and non-Indian communities and was treasured for his cultural knowledge; July 29, in Balsam Lake, Wis. 
Published: Sunday, August 4, 1996 

Thomas J. Cavanagh Jr., 82, former New York City detective who inspired the TV series "Kojak"; he was nicknamed "The Velvet Whip" for his ability to extract a confession; his office in Manhattan's 23rd Precinct had been used to film the TV series, which starred Telly Savalas; Aug. 2, in Margate, Fla. 
Published: Sunday, August 4, 1996 

Hyman Wallace, 76, retired Chicago area salesman who for the last 12 years had held acting roles and was an extra in movies, TV programs and commercials; he also produced more than 100 shows for the cable channel serving Skokie; among the films in which he had bit parts: "The Untouchables," "Afterlife With Father," "Big Shots" and the TV drama "Skokie"; July 30, in Evanston Hospital. 
Published: Sunday, August 4, 1996 

Maggie Cousins, 91, author and former managing editor at McCall's and Good Housekeeping magazines; after working as an editor with Hearst Magazines, she became managing editor of Good Housekeeping in 1942, and at McCall's Magazine in 1958; she also was a top editor at Doubleday & Company and at Ladies Home Journal; she retired in 1973; she wrote several children's books; July 30, in San Antonio. 
Published: Sunday, August 4, 1996 

Magda Schneider, 87, prewar German film and stage star who later appeared in movies and the 1950s TV series "Sissi" with her daughter, Romy; a singer and dancer, she debuted in 1931 in "Two in a Car"; she was a film and stage star in Germany and Austria in the 1930s, specializing in light, romantic leads, and made more than 70 films; Aug. 1, in Schoenau, Germany. 
Published: Sunday, August 4, 1996 

Donald J. Isaak, 68, who was to retire this month after 25 years as a Northwestern University music professor; he also was an accomplished concert pianist; July 25, in Hoffman Estates, of myelodysplasia. 

Donald J. Isaak, a Northwestern University music professor for 25 years and an accomplished concert pianist, died Thursday at Hoffman Estates Medical Center of myelodysplasia. He was 68. 
Mr. Isaak, a native of Elk Point, S.D., balanced teaching duties on the piano faculty with a long and distinguished performing career. 
He participated in a series of collaborations with Samuel Thaviu, former concert master of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and he made several recordings with soprano Helen-Kay Eberly and violinist Vincent Skowronski. He also performed with other artists on radio station WFMT-FM. 
In June, an audience of 600 packed Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Northwestern campus as several former students performed at a celebration of his work and impending August retirement. 
Mr. Isaak studied at Julliard School of Music in New York City and the Music Academie in Vienna and spent several summers at an exclusive piano school, the Adamant School of Music in Vermont. 
He taught at the Bristow-Hardin School of Music in Norfolk, Va., while serving in the Navy from 1950 to 1954. He also performed with several symphony orchestras in Arizona, where he taught at Arizona State University after completing doctoral studies at Northwestern in 1962. 
Mr. Isaak served on the executive board of directors of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association for 25 years. 
Survivors include his wife, Bea; two daughters, Katie Ginsberg and Meg Rees; two grandchildren; and a sister. 
Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at Alice Millar Chapel, Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue on Northwestern's Evanston campus. 
Published: Sunday, August 4, 1996 

Martin Conroy, 76, First Schaumburg Police Chief 
Published: Tuesday, July 23, 1996 
Schaumburg's first police chief, Martin J. Conroy, who began as the department's only employee and oversaw it as it grew to 91 sworn officers and 30 civilians by the time of his retirement, died Sunday at his home in Sebring, Fla. He was 76. 
Mr. Conroy was appointed to the office of chief of police on March 15, 1960, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1981, when he moved to Florida. "He was a very jovial Irishman," said Schaumburg police Lt. Terry L. McGraw, who was among the first 20 officers hired for the department to work under the former chief. "But he was very much a disciplinarian. He was easy to work for because you always knew where he was coming from. He wasn't wishy-washy. Everything was very black and white. He also was for keeping politics out of the Police Department." 
Mr. Conroy served in the Marine Corps during World War II, between 1941 and 1945. 
In 1946, he joined the Chicago Police Department, where he served until 1955. During that time, he was assigned to the state's attorney's office as an investigator. During the 1952 and 1956 Democratic National Conventions, he was personal bodyguard to U.S. Sen. Estes Kefauver,, of Tennessee, a presidential hopeful. 
In 1955, Mr. Conroy left the Chicago Police Department for the Skokie Police Department, where he is credited with establishing a detective bureau. He is also credited with helping establish the Morton Grove Police Department's detective bureau. 
When Mr. Conroy was appointed chief of police for Schaumburg, the village had a population of about 900 and had just been incorporated two years earlier. Mr. Conroy was the village's first full-time employee. 
Besides overseeing the growth of the department in terms of personnel, the former chief was credited with bringing in new programs, such as Officer Friendly, the use of modern communications and the use of computers, McGraw said. 
Mr. Conroy is survived by his wife, Georgia. Services will be held in Florida. 

Roger L. Pratt 
Published: Thursday, June 20, 1996 
Roger L. Pratt, 71, a retired engineer at Motorola in Schaumburg, died Sunday at home in Crystal Lake. He was born in Moline, Ill., formerly lived in Chicago and was an Air Force veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; a daughter, Cindy Edwards; a son, Doug; two brothers; and three grandchildren. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday in Zion Lutheran Church, 4206 W. Elm St., McHenry. Services will follow at 10 a.m. in the church. 

Patrick J. Felvey 
Published: Saturday, June 8, 1996 
Patrick J. Felvey, 52, who represented Unisys in dealings with the State of Illinois, died Wednesday of cancer in Columbia Hoffman Estates Medical Center. Born and raised in Chicago, Mr. Felvey graduated from the former Mendel High School. He served in the Air Force, attaining the rank of captain and becoming a computer specialist. In his 15 years with Unisys, Mr. Felvey sold mainframe computers to state government agencies and also served as a lobbyist. Survivors include his wife, Carol; a son, Patrick; two daughters, Erin and Amy; a brother; and a grandson. Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Denis Catholic Church, 8301 S. St. Louis Ave., Chicago. 

Philip A. Watson, 83; Sailed In Mackinac Race 
Printed in the Tribune: Monday, May 13, 1996 
Philip A. Watson, a Chicago businessman who was a former commodore of the Chicago Yacht Club and former president of the Tavern Club, died Tuesaday at Columbia Hoffman Estates Medical Center. 
Mr. Watson, who was born in Oak Park and a longtime resident of the Near North Side of Chicago was 83. 
He took up sailing in middle age, skippering his boat Namis in the famous 333-mile Chicago-to-Mackinac Island Race and sailing throughout the world. 
Bob Davis, who raced with Mr. Watson for 30 years and was a friend, said yachting has lost "a great gentleman." "When he raced, he was always known as a very good sport, in all respects," Davis said. 
He said that in business, in sailing and in life, Mr. Watson "could negotiate with anybody. still, when you came out of negotiations, you were a friend of his." 
He was a very witty man, and people loved to be around him, said his former wife, Nancy. "Wherever he was, there was a crowd of people, because he entertained so well," she said. 
Mr. Watson was educated at the University of Illinois. He was in the insurance business for 45 years, and was president and owner of his own nsurance brokerage firm, PAW & Associates on LaSalle Street. 
Mr. Watson also was a former member of the Saddle and Cycle Club. 
He is survived by his daughter, Missy P. Bailey; and his former wife. 
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m., with a memorial service at 6 p.m. Friday at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 1035 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. 

Published: Sunday, June 1, 1997 
Elizabeth Danek, 13, a student council member at Mead Junior High School in Elk Grove Village, died of cancer Thursday in her Elk Grove Village home. Elizabeth's mother, Sandra Danek, said Elizabeth inspired friends and family during her two-year illness and always had energy to shop and to stay involved at school. She loved the mall and painting her nails, her mother said. Elizabeth was a member of the drama club. A high point for Elizabeth came last year when she attended a Bulls game at the invitation of Dennis Rodman, who gave her his jersey at the end of the game. Besides her mother, Elizabeth is survived by her father, Anthony Danek; her grandparents, Marian and Regina Danek and Cecilia Josenkoski; a brother; and two sisters. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Michaels Funeral Home, 800 S. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Julian Eymard Church, 601 Biesterfield Rd., Elk Grove Village. 

Published: Friday, May 16, 1997 
Phil M. Cornes, 73, a developer and founding partner of Cornes & Nielsen and of Cumberland Associates, helped create industrial parks, office complexes and commercial centers throughout the Chicago area. 
A resident of Woodstock, he died Tuesday in the Hospice of the North Shore in Evanston. 
Cornes & Nielsen developed the 60 acres at Chicago Avenue and Pulaski Road that had been the Chicago & North Western Railroad yards. The firm worked with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. to turn it into the Northwest Center for Industry. They also created industrial parks in Franklin Park, Carol Stream and Melrose Park and the Salt Creek Office Center in Schaumburg. 
With Donald Johnson and Mutual of New York, his Cumberland Associates developed Cumberland Metro Office Park and Cumberland Centre, both on Chicago Far Northwest Side. 
He started his career in real estate as a broker with Arthur Rubloff & Co. in 1955. He also served as vice president of Farr Chinook and Sampson before starting his own firm. 
Mr. Cornes was a former director of Trustmark Insurance of Lake Forest. 
In World War II, he served as a gunners mate in the Navy. 
Survivors include a son, David; two daughters, Susan Klamkin and Katherine; a brother; and five grandchildren. 
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Winnetka Bible Church, 555 Birch St., Winnetka. 

Published: Saturday, April 5, 1997 
Leonard P. Dick, 52, of Hoffman Estates, died Wednesday in his home. Mr. Dick worked for Nippon Express Cargo Airlines in Franklin Park. He is survived by his wife, Christine; a son, Daniel; a daughter, Melissa; his mother, Evelyn, and two brothers. Mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Hubert Catholic Church, 729 Grand Canyon Pkwy., Hoffman Estates. 

Published: Monday, March 17, 1997 
Susan Lasky, 46, a teacher, died Sunday at her home in Arlington Heights. Mrs. Lasky, who was born in Chicago and raised in Lincolnwood, graduated from Niles West High School in 1968. She went to the University of Illinois, where she was president of her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, and received a degree in education in 1972. After graduation, Mrs. Lasky taught kindergarten and 1st grade at Collins Grammar School in Schaumburg for five years before leaving to raise a family in 1978. She also became a partner with her husband and several other investors in Bresler Industries Inc., which they purchased from the Oberweis Dairy Co. in 1989 and sold in 1995. During that time, she worked in the company's accounting department. "She was active in so many charities and giving of herself," said her husband, David. Other survivors include daughters Shauna and Pamela; her mother, Lillian Lipschultz, and a sister. Services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Ave. in Northbrook. 

Published: Saturday, March 15, 1997 
Thomas J. McGlade, 89, a retired Chicago police detective, was on the bodyguard detail for visits here by four presidents, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon; and by Queen Elizabeth II of England. He also worked on the bomb and arson squad in the days, when, according to his son, Thomas, "You kicked the bomb and plugged your ears." After retiring, he worked in sales and marketing for National Distilleries. Before joining the police force in 1934, he was a marble setter and had helped construct John G. Shedd Aquarium. Survivors, besides his son, include two daughters, Dorothy Bartels and Norene Lethert; a sister; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ahlgrim and Son's Funeral Home, 330 W. Golf Rd., Schaumburg. 

Published: Saturday, February 15, 1997 
James F. Cullerton, 70, of Woodstock, died Wednesday in the Memorial Medical Center in Woodstock. He was in the Army Air Forces in World War II. He was the owner and operator of Suburban Construction Co. in Schaumburg for more than 30 years. Mr. Cullerton was also employed by the McHenry County Board of Review in Woodstock. He is survived by his wife, Bette; four daughters, Colleen Dunkel, Catherine Munch, Carolynne M. Cullerton and Candyce Gearheart; a son, John; a sister; and seven grandchildren. Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 Lincoln Ave., Woodstock.

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