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Raymond Tower


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Raymond Tower Obituary
Raymond "Ray" C. Tower, age 92, passed away on December 3, 2017. He was born on February 20th, 1925 in New York City. Ray is survived by his wife of 23 years, Shirley Guthrie-Tower, who in recent years devoted herself to caring for him. Ray was predeceased by his first wife of 44 years, Jaclyn (nee Bauerline), and is survived by their children Raymond Jr. (Beverly), Patricia (Andrew) Filak, Christopher (Nancy), Robert (Leslie), Mary (Peter) Spizzirri, Michael (Margaret) and Victoria (Timothy) Foley as well as twenty-two grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Ray was known for his dedication to family, business accomplishments and charitable fundraising. However, many will remember him best as a skillful and amusing storyteller, who had an enormous repertoire and would routinely use dialects or accents to enhance his delivery. Ray was the President and Chief Operating Officer of FMC Corporation, one of the world's foremost, diversified chemical companies with leading positions in agricultural, industrial and consumer markets. After graduating from Yale University with a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1945, he served in the Navy in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He later completed graduate work in chemistry at the Newark College of Engineering and attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program. Ray served on several Boards of Directors including Marathon Oil, Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., Household International, Inland Steel, Morton International, Wellman Inc. and Philadelphia National Bank. After retiring from FMC he became the Chairman of the Board for Evanston Hospital and the Northwestern Healthcare Network. He was also a member of the Chicago Club and Glen View Country Club. Ray had a passion for helping others and did so through his participation in the Big Shoulders Program, the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Notre Dame Science Advisory Council. After retirement he devoted much of his time to the Lost Tree Village Charitable Foundation, serving as the Foundation's President from 2001 to 2006. Ray took much pleasure spending time with his children and grandchildren. He instilled the love of sports in his children and was a model to each of them. He also enjoyed many happy (and some not so happy) hours on the golf course and was a voracious reader. Visitation, Thursday, December 7, 2017, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Boulevard, at Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077. Funeral Mass, Friday, December 8, 2017, 11:30 a.m. at Saints Faith Hope and Charity Church, 191 Linden Street Winnetka, IL 60093.Interment, All Saints Catholic Cemetery, Des Plaines, IL In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to, Lost Tree Village Charitable Foundation, 8 Church Lane North Palm Beach, FL 33408 www.losttreefoundation.org or Raymond C. Tower Scholarship at Yale University c/o Yale University Office of Development P.O. Box 2038 New Haven, CT 06521-2038 www.giving.yale.edu. Info: www.donnellanfuneral.com or (847) 675-1990.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Dec. 6 to Dec. 7, 2017
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