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Arthur N. Hamilton, 93, the former presiding judge of Cook County Juvenile Court, passed away on Christmas Day at his home is south suburban Hazel Crest.
Originally from New Orleans, Judge Hamilton was born into poverty and worked his way through Chicago-Kent Law School. In 1971, he was elevated to the bench as head of what was then called the Neglected and Dependent Children division of the Juvenile Court. In 1981, he was appointed presiding judge of the nation's second-largest juvenile court. He held that position until February 1992, when he retired at the age of 75.
Read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune
Former ISBA Assembly member H. Karl Huntoon, 61, a proud Moline man who valued and worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his family, his friends, his clients, and his community, passed away January 1, 2011, at Trinity Pathway Hospice, Bettendorf, Iowa, after a short battle with aggressive brain cancer. A time to celebrate Karl’s life will be held Sunday, January 9, 2011, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Moline Public Library. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the H. Karl Huntoon Memorial Fund, care of The Moline Foundation, 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265. This fund will be used to continue Karl’s efforts to continually improve the library and the community. Private family burial will be in Moline Memorial Park. Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., Moline, is assisting the family. Karl was born December 19, 1949, in Davenport, Iowa, to Harry Kline and Margit Anderson Huntoon. During the summer of 1970, he attended summer school at Dartmouth College, where he met his wife of 38 years Andrea Dickgiesser. They were married July 29, 1972, in Woodbridge, Conn. He graduated from Moline Senior High School in 1968. He then attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a B.S. with honors in Economics in 1972. He then received a Juris Doctor Degree from the College of Law at the University of Illinois in 1975. He was accepted to the Illinois State Bar Association on October 15, 1975, and the Iowa State Bar Association on August 19, 1992. He was also admitted to the U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois and the U.S. Tax Court.
William Evertson Phillips, 82, of Oak Brook, formerly of Deerfield, died Nov. 14, 2010 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Mr. Phillips was born May 3, 1928, in Galesburg to Frederick Wisner and Ruth nee Johnson Phillips. He is a descendant of the Reverend George Phillips who came to this country in 1630 with the Puritans, and Major Moses Phillips who fought in the Revolutionary War. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Salvesen Phillips; and three daughters, Carrie (Anthony) Quinn, Anne (David) Gezon and Elizabeth (Bernard) Schaffer; he is also survived by two stepdaughters, Melissa (Kip) Carlson and Melanie Salvesen; he was the proud grandfather of Kathleen (Mark Reed) Quinn Reed, Michael (Jennifer) Quinn, John Quinn, William Schaffer, Richard Schaffer, Sarah Schaffer, Christopher Gezon and Caroline Gezon; and great- grandfather of Samantha Quinn Reed. Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by first his wife of 47 years, Frances Holcomb Phillips. He attended High School at Western Military Academy, in Alton, where he graduated with honors. He continued his education at Knox College, in Galesburg, graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. While at Knox, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and Scabbard and Blade Honorary Military Fraternity. He received four varsity letters in swimming, and was Captain of the Knox Swim Team his junior and senior year. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1953, where he received the prestigious U.S. Law Book Award. Upon graduating he worked for several firms before founding his own law firm, which eventually became Phillips, Healy and Allen. He practiced at 134 N. LaSalle Street in Chicago, for 35 years until he retired as President of the firm.
Karl D. Dexheimer, 68, of O'Fallon, IL, born May 16, 1942, in St. Louis, MO, died unexpectedly Thursday, November 25, 2010, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis MO, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Dexheimer was Of Counsel to the law firm Greensfelder, Hemker and Gale, P.C.. He graduated from Millikin University in 1964, and from Washington University School of Law in 1967. He was admitted to practice in Illinois, Missouri, and numerous federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. He was a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (life member), a Fellow of the Illinois State Bar Association, a sustaining member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and a Founding Member of its Levere Memorial Foundation. Mr. Dexheimer served on the McKendree University Board of Trustees for 22 years where he was Treasurer of the Board, Chair of the Adminstration and Finance Committee and member of the Executive Committee. He also served as treasurer and vice president on the Board of the Belleville Area Humane Society.
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.