Tom Huyck, 77

Long-time Hyde Park resident and lawyer, William Thomas “Tom” Huyck passed away peacefully in his sleep July 10 after a long illness. He was 77.

Huyck was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended Dartmouth College before becoming a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. He practiced law in Chicago for almost 50 years, in both public and private sectors. Huyck was a prosecutor for both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s office before going into private practice. In 1984, Huyck successfully argued the case Liparota v. United States before the Supreme Court. His clients appreciated his determination, kindness and skill.
Huyck was also passionate about civil justice, particularly civil and women’s rights. His eloquent language made him an early and strong advocate for justice of all people.

Huyck met his wife of 54 years, Margaret, while the pair were in high school. They started dating in college while she was attending Vassar. In 1961, they both moved to Hyde Park to attend the University of Chicago, him for a law degree and her for a doctorate in psychology. They have lived here ever since.

Huyck was actively involved in the arts, and loved music in particular. He was often at the theater or at concerts, and served on the boards of the Chicago Children’s Choir and Chicago a capella. He also loved biking, and often biked to work downtown. Huyck loved to travel and give visitors tours of the city.

Huyck is survived by his loving wife Margaret, daughters Liz and Karen, granddaughter Madeline and countless friends and family who will miss his gentle spirit and unfailing sense of humor.

There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Aug. 22, at the First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. His family asks that instead of flowers, contributions to American Civil Liberties Union or the Chicago Children’s Choir are made in Huyck’s name.