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Judge Glenn T. Johnson, 93, former assistant attorney general of Illinois and the second African-American to serve on the Illinois Appellate Court, died of natural causes Tuesday, Nov. 30, in his Hyde Park home. When he was sworn to the Appellate Court bench in 1973, he became the second African-American to hold that position, following Judge George N. Leighton.
Judge Timothy Evans, a former Chicago alderman who became the first African-American chief judge of Cook County Circuit Court, credits Judge Johnson with being a major influence on his political and legal career. Evans said Judge Johnson was also devoted to John Marshall Law School, where he served as a trustee, and his church, Woodlawn AME. "He was not only an icon to the African-American legal world, but he showed that same commitment to John Marshall and his service in the church," Evans said.
Family visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by a 10:30 a.m. service by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. There will be a service at 11 a.m. Each service will be at Woodlawn AME Church, 6456 S. Evans Ave., Chicago. Read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune
Theodore R. Scott, Jr. of Deerfield, passed away on Nov. 13. Mr. Scott was born in Mt. Vernon in 1924 and served in WWII as a B-24 navigator. On his 20th mission, he and his crew were shot down over West Hungary and became prisoners of war in Germany for 89 days. Mr. Scott graduated Phi Betta Kappa and earned his juris doctor from the University of Illinois. He became an intellectual property litigator spending much of his career as named partner in the firm of McDougall, Hersh & Scott in Chicago - which later merged with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. Mr. Scott remained of counsel to Jones Day until 1998. Read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.
Robert J. Mangler, former village attorney for Wilmette and Evanston, passed away yesterday at the age of 80. Visitation for Mr. Mangler was scheduled from 4-9 p.m. Dec. 1 at the William H. Scott Funeral Home, 1100 Greenleaf Ave., in Wilmette. His funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 2 at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, 524 Ninth St., Wilmette. Read the full obituary in the Pioneer Press.
Judge Gerald C. Bender, a co-founder of the Jewish Judges Association, passed away recently. Judge Bender was also a past president of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers. Read the full obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Former ISBA Director of Publications Virgil Everett Tipton Jr. passed away on Nov. 19 at Rosewood Care Center in Edwardsville. Mr. Tipton was a WWII veteran and received his journalism degree from the University of Missouri in 1948. He then moved to Springfield and began working at the State Journal-Register. He became editor of the Illinois Bar Journal in 1960, a position he held until 1982. Read the full obituary in the Springfield State Journal-Register.
Longtime Rosemont village attorney Peter M. Rosenthal passed away last Monday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Mr. Rosenthal was born in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago Lab School. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan. He joined the Ancel Glink law firm in Chicago, which specializes in municipal law. While there, he began representing local governments, including Rosemont and Fox River Grove. Mr. Rosenthal and several colleagues formed their own firm - Rosenthal, Murphey, Coblentz & Donahue - in 1987. Mr. Rosenthal worked closely with Donald E. Stephens, Rosemont's mayor from 1956 until his death in 2007.
"Every major development and most contracts that are in existence today in the village are all things that Peter had his fingerprints on," said Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens. "He was involved in all of the redevelopment from the late 1970s on until the present, and that's pretty much a great majority of the redevelopment of Rosemont."
Read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.
Madalyn Maxwell died Saturday, November 6, 2010 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield after a brief illness.  Ms. Maxwell was born in Nashville, Illinois on January 9, 1926, the daughter of (Illinois Supreme Court Justice) Ralph L. Maxwell and Beulah House Maxwell.  She attended schools in Urbana and Nashville, Whitworth College in Brookhaven, Mississippi, and received her law degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana.  She married Thomas H.
Lawrence Schad passed away last week after a golf-cart accident at the Evanston Golf Club in Skokie. Schad was a partner in the Chicago firm of Schad, Diamond and Shedden. Schad specialized in plaintiff class-action law. He recently was the lead attorney on a case representing policyholders of Royal Maccabees Life Insurance Co., and negotiated a $93 million settlement, which included more than $421,000 for the Illinois Bar Foundation.
Susan H. Brandt, 59, Bloomington, died at 7:23 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 9, 2010) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. Susan was born Dec. 20, 1950, in Bloomington, the daughter of William R. and Jean Kuhle Brandt. Susan grew up as a member of Second Presbyterian Church and had attended the Unitarian Universalist Church, both in Bloomington. She graduated from Bloomington High School in 1969, received her B.A. degree in economics from the University of Colorado in 1973 and her J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1977. Susan was a partner at Livingston, Barger, Brandt and Schroeder Law Firm, Bloomington. She was a member of the Illinois Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the McLean County Bar Association. She also helped organize the Women’s Lawyer Association. Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard officiating. A private family burial will be in Funks Grove Cemetery, Funks Grove. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Community Cancer Center, 407 E. Vernon Ave., Normal, IL 61761. She is survived by one son, Samuel H. Brandt, Bloomington; her father, William R.
Frank E. DeSchepper, 85, passed away late last month at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. He was a longtime member of the ISBA Tort Section. Mr. DeSchepper was born in Chicago and graduated from DePaul University and DePaul Law School. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid from 1943-1946. He was employed by Insurance Company of North America - which later became CIGNA - first in Chicago before transferring to Bloomington and then Peoria. Read the full obituary in the Bloomington Pantagraph.