Carl Denman(1931 - 2013)

photoCarl Scott Denman passed away on Nov. 3 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital while recovering from a recent operation, and days before his 82nd birthday. Mr. Denman, a resident of Chicago and known to his many friends as Scotty or Scott, was a true gentleman with a wry sense of humor. He also was a loyal friend, who maintained many life-long friendships. He was a steadfast father to his daughters and an anchor and guiding light to his entire family. He leaves behind his daughters, Kay (Timothy) Black of Seattle, WA; Sara Denman Sakura of Washington, DC; and Anne Denman of St. Louis, MO; seven grandchildren: Cody, Peter and Hannah Black; Scott and Lucy Sakura; James and William Denman; as well as his sister, Sara Drake of Milwaukee, WI; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his wife, Carolyn McGuire. Born Nov. 14, 1931 in Roodhouse, IL, to Carl and Helen Denman. Scott and his family lived in St. Louis and Clayton, MO. before moving to Evanston, IL where he graduated from Evanston Township High School (1949) and Northwestern University (1956) with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree, majoring in English. He and his first wife, the late Louise Baldwin and mother of his daughters, lived with their family in Evanston, Deerfield and Winnetka. After a brief stint in advertising (Montgomery Ward and Leo Burnett Co.), he found his calling for more than 30 years as a successful investment advisor at Scudder, Stevens & Clark, a national financial investment firm. Mr. Denman was an avid reader of arts and letters, an enthusiastic Anglophile and an admirer of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. On his many trips to London, he sought out places where the Bloomsbury Group lived and worked, and dragged his traveling pals with him, whether they wanted to go or not. For a number of years, he traveled with a biking group of friends from Chicago's North Shore, heading off to European destinations for fun and camaraderie and soaking up the local culture and cuisine. When he decided that life on a two-wheeler was too challenging, that didn't mean the end of traveling with the group, which affectionately became known as (depending on their biking skills) the Big Guys, the Wannabes and the Van Guys. The van became his new best friend, he often said, because he had so much fun there with fellow Van Guys Tom, Bob and Bill. Almost better than a dry martini, he joked. A bachelor for many years, Mr. Denman gave up his single life in 2002 when he married Carolyn McGuire, his soulmate who shared his zest for life, intellectual curiosity and love of travel to their favorite places like London, Paris and the French countryside and anywhere in Italy. Social causes and human rights issues were very important to him, and among the many organizations to which he contributed were those that supported gun control and affordable housing. A memorial service is planned for Nov. 16, 4-6 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Chicago, 1365 N. Dearborn Parkway, Chicago. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Inc., 60 E. 56th St., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022. In keeping with Mr. Denman's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded with arrangements by Central Chapel, Lane-Moynihan Directors, Chicago. To express your thoughts or memories in the online guestbook, 773-944-6060 or

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Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Nov. 10, 2013