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George E.Q. Johnson Jr.
George E.Q. Johnson Jr.
George “Gene” E.Q. Johnson Jr., 93, a prominent Chicago attorney, died March 23 at his home in Lakeside, Mich. He was the loving husband of Mary Ann (nee:Barry) Johnson, father of Charles E Johnson, stepfather of Philip W. Collins III and Tierney Eson, endearingly known as “Poppy” to the grandchildren whom he loved, Christopher Eson, Erin Collins, Michelle Eson and Mackenzie Collins. A native of Chicago's South Shore neighborhood, Gene attended Bryn Mawr Elementary School, University High School, Northwestern University, and Northwestern University Law School. A World War II Veteran, Gene served as a LT Commander in the US Navy. As commanding officer of the USS PC 1243, a “sub chaser,” and Executive Officer of the USS Courage, Gene served in the South Atlantic, North Atlantic, Pacific, South and North China Seas. Upon returning from military service, Gene began his career as an attorney with his father, specializing in probate law. Having practiced law for well over fifty years, Gene became an authority on probate law and served as a special arbitrator for the Illinois Attorney General's Office into his 80's. He was a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations. Gene was very active in church work and was a past chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr Community Church in Chicago.
Judge Harold W. Sullivan, a past member of the Board of Governors (served several terms between 1978 and 1996) and a leader of the Illinois Judges Association since its founding in 1971, died this week. Visitation is Thursday and service is Friday morning. Judge Sullivan, age 83, of Skokie, beloved husband of Mildred Mary Sullivan nee Dolan; loving father of Mildred Mary (William) Nelson, Sharon Marie (Thomas) Snitzer, Harold W., Jr. (Lisa), Eunice Kennedy Sullivan (Michael McGuire), Peter Dolan (Sheli), Mary Mackin (Jeff) Joseph, Beth Ann (Dean) Walsh Sr., Theresa Sullivan, D.C., Paul Joseph (Terry), Shawn Michael, Julie Ann (Todd) Maus and James Xavier (Kara) Sullivan; dear grandfather of 40; fond brother of George (Mary) Sullivan and the late Margaret (the late Jack) O'Connor. Visitation Thursday 3 to 9 p.m. Funeral Friday 9 a.m. from Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd. at Old Orchard Rd., Skokie, IL, 60077, to Saint Joan of Arc Church, 9248 North Lawndale, Evanston, IL, 60203, Mass 10 a.m. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Evanston. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Daughters of Charity Foundation, 9404 New Harmony Rd., Evansville, IN, 47720, or Saint Joseph Services, 2516 W. Cortez St., Chicago, IL, 60622. Info., or 847-675-1990.
Doreen Mahoney, wife of Illinois Bar Foundation Vice President George Mahoney, passed away Tuesday, March 9. Mr. Mahoney has requested that all memorials be directed to the Illinois Bar Foundation.
Rosalyn Kaplan, former Illinois solicitor general and current manager of Appeals and Ancillary Litigation for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, passed away Friday at her Near North Side due to complications from cancer. Kaplan, a member of the ISBA Government Lawyers Committee, also worked for the Illinois attorney general's office for 14 years and was a former president of the Appellate Lawyers Association. Kaplan graduated from The John Marshall Law School in 1981 after teaching high school and college French. Burial will be private. Click here to read the obituary in the Chicago Tribune.
The Honorable John W. “Jack” Rapp Jr., of Mount Carroll, passed away last Friday while surrounded by family and friends at Tidewell Hospice House, Sarasota, Fla. Jack graduated from Loyola University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1962, and Loyola School of Law in 1965. He was a partner in the law firm of Eaton, Leemon, and Rapp, until his election as a circuit judge in 1970. Read the full obituary at
Longtime tax attorney Frank Edelman passed away earlier this month at his Gold Coast home on the North Side of Chicago. Mr. Edelman received both his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Northwestern University.
Mr. Edelman balanced work as a real estate tax attorney doing "mitzvahs" -- good deeds. He represented worthy organizations for free when they needed help.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times.
James H. Bandy, 90, died late last month at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Mr. Bandy was an attorney for Listeman, Bandy & Hamilton, Attorneys at Law. He was a founder and former chairman of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) of the Supreme Court of Illinois. Click here to read the full obituary in the Belleville News-Democrat
Ellis E. Leighty passed away late last month passed away at the Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb. Mr. Leighty served in World War II and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1948. He received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1951.
Ellis' most famous legal client was Burl Ives, when Ellis served as local counsel to Burl and wife, Helen, in the purchase of Warren County, Ill., farmlands and again a few years later when they sold those lands as a part of their divorce proceedings.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Peoria Journal Star.
Former DuPage County Chief Judge Edward W. Kowal passed away late last month in Lombard after a battle with cancer and Parkinson's disease. Judge Kowal was a DuPage County Circuit Court Judge in 1985 when he presided over the three trials and numerous courtroom hearings involving the Nicarico case.
Judge Kowal "was the kind of person you'd want as a judge," said Wheaton attorney Joe Laraia, who worked under Judge Kowal in the DuPage state's attorney's office during the 1960s and '70s. "He was extremely fair, always kept his cool and used sound judgment," Laraia said. "He had a strict code of ethics that always prevailed."
Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.
Edward J. Downs, a lawyer described as having a soft tough for those in need, passed away from pancreatic cancer last week. Mr. Downs spent five years with the Cook County Public Defender's Office before becoming McHenry County's first public defender.
"I think he really semi-adopted his clients," said Chuck Murphy, a criminal defense attorney who met Mr. Downs 37 years ago. "He took an interest in that [client's] case, but also in what was going on in the person's life."
Mr. Downs received his master's degree from Loyola University and his law degree from DePaul University. Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.