Jerry Dincin(1930 - 2013)

Jerry D. Dincin, the Highland Park psychologist who guided Final Exit Network through its darkest night, died before dawn on Tuesday, March 26. He was 82. Though Mr. Dincin had a long and distinguished career in psychiatric rehabilitation, he was best known in the last decade of his life for his commitment to the campaign for the right to death with dignity. He wore his "Final Exit Network" lapel button as proudly as he wore his long pony tail. Mr. Dincin became president of FEN in February 2009. A week later, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested four FEN volunteers in the conclusion of a year-long undercover investigation. Under Mr. Dincin's leadership, Final Exit Network defeated the Georgia charges, plus additional charges brought in Arizona. Final Exit Network is a non-profit organization that provides volunteer "Exit Guides" to provide information, education and emotional support for qualified individuals who have rationally chosen to end intolerable suffering. Mr. Dincin asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to Final Exit Network. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Lake Street Church of Evanston, 607 Lake St., Evanston.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Apr. 2, 2013