Longtime Hyde Park resident Robert L. ‘Bob’ Drinan Jr. passed away on July 3, at the age of 65.
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he pursued a career as a ballet dancer, performing with companies in Seattle and Kansas City. He moved to New York City in 1980 and studied Computer Programming at New York University. While in New York, he met his husband of 35 years, Mitchell Brown, who survives him. In 1990, they left New York and settled in Hyde Park, in Windermere House. Drinan was an employee of the Federal Reserve Bank until his retirement in 2005.
Having a fascination with language and culture, Drinan and his husband travelled extensively. Their most recent trip was to Japan in September 2017 where they met up in the city of Fukuoaka with friends who were former Windermere residents. As members of KAM Isaiah Israel and Rodfei Zedek, as Producer and Choreographer of the Hyde Park Gilbert & Sullivan Company, as well as participants in the University of Chicago Basic Program, their roots in their beloved Hyde Park run deep.
A special fund has been set up in Drinan’s memory to benefit the Wirtz Sport Health and Fitness Center, part of the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (formerly The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). This gym is dedicated to the rehabilitation of people of various disabilities and was instrumental in getting Drinan back to full participation in life after a debilitating operation in 2009.
Donations by credit card can made by calling Nadia Joseph at 312-238 – 1257. Please specify that you are donating in Bob Drinan’s memory.
Donation by check can be sent to the following address with a note saying that you are donating in Bob Drinan ‘s memory:
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
355 E. Erie St.
Sky Lobby 10th Floor
Attn: Nadia Joseph.