1930 - 2013
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Dr. Jerry Dincin former executive director of Thresholds psychiatric rehabilitation center in Chicago died Tuesday March 26, 2013 at the Midwest Hospice Center. Jerry was born in Brooklyn N.Y. on August 20, 1930 where he also attended Erasmus High School. He moved his family to Evanston, IL to be the executive director of Thresholds in 1965. In his 35 year tenure as the leader of Thresholds he was a fierce advocate for those with mental illness and his efforts helped thousands get jobs, housing, treatment, support and a place to gather socially. In his visionary style, Jerry saw the needs of the underserved mentally ill and found ways and means to provide innovative programs to neglected groups such as mothers with young children, teenagers, hearing impaired, incarcerated and homeless people.
Dr. Dincin received his BS degree from Ohio University, his MSW from Case Western Reserve, and his PHD in psychology from Northwestern University.
Jerry will be remembered for his leadership and intellectual curiosity as well as his passion about volcanoes, redwood trees, the brain and of course tennis. He invented a holiday in commemoration of Clarence Darrow that he celebrated with his family each year on Darrow's birthday by eating unlimited ice cream.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Susanne Streicker; his children, Laura (Rich) Piper, Paul Dincin, Maya Dincin, and Bruce (Beth) Dincin; his grandchildren, Aron and Melissa Piper, Jacob and Adam Dincin, and Olivia Dincin and his sister Zola Dincin Schneider. A gathering to celebrate his life will be held in April.
Published on NYTimes.com from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2013