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Kale Alonzo Williams, Jr., 1925-2016

Kale Alonzo Williams, Jr., 1925-2016

Kale Alonzo Williams, Jr. died January 7 at home in Boulder, Colorado. He was a long-time resident of Chicago prior to his move to Boulder in 2013. Williams was born in Independence, Kansas on August 7, 1925 and grew up in the small town of Cedar Vale, Kansas, the oldest of seven children born to(…)

Kenneth Martin Wester, 1930-2016

Kenneth Martin Wester, 1930-2016

Long time Hyde Park resident Kenneth Wester died on January 13, 2016. Born April 30, 1930 in LaBolt, South Dakota, Wester moved to Minneapolis at age 15, where he was a hyperactive teenager: delivering groceries (by truck), high school pep band, Lutheran church youth activities, baritone in a male quartet doing live broadcasts weekly on(…)

Lydia G. (Steinway) Cochrane, 1928-2016

Lydia G. (Steinway) Cochrane, 1928-2016

Lydia G. Cochrane (nee Steinway), 87, died in Chicago on January 5 of cardiac arrest, surrounded by family. Cochrane was born in New York to Theodore and Ruth Steinway (nee Davis), the youngest of six children. After attending Dalton, Putney, Smith and the University of Chicago, Cochrane taught French for many years at the University of(…)

Brenda Nelligan Murphy, 1939-2016

Brenda Nelligan Murphy, 1939-2016

Long-time Hyde Park resident Brenda Murphy (nee Nelligan), died peacefully at home with her family on January 8, 2016 after an extended illness. Murphy was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on July 21, 1939 to Thomas P. and Jean (Denzig) Nelligan. She graduated from Oakwood School and went on to attend William Smith College in Geneva,(…)

Franklin makes a good point about parks

To the Editor:  Thanks again, Stephanie Franklin, for your insightful analysis (January 13) of the University of Chicago’s efforts to commandeer precious open park acreage to make way for a presidential library.  It is a sad irony that the very institution boasting the name of free market economist Milton Friedman among its luminaries actively promotes(…)

The responsible alternative to the Rauner/Emanuel agenda

To the Editor:  Billions of public dollars run through our school systems nationally, and venture capitalists and big finance have made it a priority to get their hands on those dollars. In Illinois, the enablers of this scheme are our governor, our mayor and their allies among both Republicans and corporate Democrats. Rauner’s proposed takeover(…)

HPHS seeks preservation for historic Woodlawn church

Dear Mr. Marzalik: I am writing on behalf of the Hyde Park Historical Society regarding the proposed demolition of The Shrine of Christ the King, formerly St. Gelasius Church. The Hyde Park Historical Society strongly supports the request of the Shrine’s constituents to be allowed more time to gather the resources to save this historic(…)

Community invited to celebrate noteworthy preservation efforts

Dear Friend of Historic Preservation: The 2016 Despres Preservation Award, given for outstanding achievement in preserving Hyde Park Township’s architectural heritage, will be given to Theaster Gates and the Rebuild Foundation for the pioneering restoration of various buildings in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. The Despres Award will be presented at the Hyde Park Historical Society’s annual dinner on February 27,(…)

U. of C. Dems take part in the 2016 race through debate

U. of C. Dems take part in the 2016 race through debate

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While the nation is awaiting the last two democratic debates on Feb. 11 and March 9 before the primary elections, the University of Chicago Democrats (UC Dems) are jumping into the political heat. The UC Dems are a student-run organization of the University of Chicago (U. of C.) that was(…)

Hyde Park woman rides bike for affordable housing

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Hyde Park woman is gearing up to bike across the country this summer in a 3,882-mile trek, stopping in certain cities to build houses. Jesse Newman will leave her Hyde Park home in June to participate in Bike & Build, a non-profit corporation that organizes young adults to raise(…)

HPHS joins fight to save church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS), 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., penned a letter over the weekend to the Archdiocese of Chicago arguing for the preservation of the fire-damaged, landmark Catholic Church at 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave. HPHS President Michal Safar said the loss of the church could have vast(…)

Revels prepare for 2016 show at Quadrangle Club

Revels prepare for 2016 show at Quadrangle Club

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer What started as a long-standing tradition of satirical comedy poking fun at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) and its inhabitant’s returns for the Quadrangle Club’s 2016 Revels. This year’s show titled, “Grand Hotel Parc Cache-Cache” follows some of the presidential candidates and their plot to take over a(…)

Orchestra in Indonesia formed by Hyde Parkers is making a big impact

Orchestra in Indonesia formed by Hyde Parkers is making a big impact

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Jan. 12, two Hyde Park residents, Michael Hall and Robert Nordling, set out for Bandung, Indonesia, to create the city’s first professional Orchestra. Hall, a violist, and Nordling, a conductor, have been organizing the endeavor for over a year. The idea surfaced after Nordling received a call from his(…)

Area churches collecting water for Flint crisis

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In light of the recent water crisis in Flint, Mich., two local churches will be collecting water to be donated. The University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., and the McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University Ave., are collecting unopened cases of water to benefit the citizens in need. The small(…)

Cook County State’s Attorney candidate to stop in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Wednesday, Jan. 27., Hyde Parkers will have the opportunity to see Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Donna More in conversation at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP). Earlier in January, the IOP hosted a discussion with Kim Foxx, More’s opponent in the March 15 general primary elections.(…)

DuSable appoints new chief curator

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., appointed Leslie Guy as its new chief curator. Guy, who began working at DuSable Jan. 15, is the curator of the museum’s latest exhibit “The DuSable Masterworks Collection – Series 1: Paintings.” The exhibit opens Feb. 9 in the(…)