Erikson Institute joins with the people of Chicago in mourning the passing of a great woman, Chicago's former first lady, Maggie Daley. Mrs. Daley is known for her many contributions to Chicago's children and the arts, and Erikson was fortunate to enjoy a very rich and warm relationship with Mrs. Daley and her husband. In 2005, Mrs. Daley received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Erikson. The commendation presented to her at the graduation ceremony read in part: "With a wise and open heart and faith in the power of work, she removes the barriers that prevent children from achieving their full potential, ensuring their healthy development, creating opportunities for self-discovery, transforming their vision of the future, and, in so doing, enriching the future for us all." Three years later, she accepted the Spirit of Erikson Institute Award presented to After School Matters, an organization she co-founded to expand out-of-school experiences for teens. We celebrate Maggie Daley's life and, although we will miss her, we remember the great contributions she made to Chicago in support of children and families.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Nov. 29, 2011.