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Aaron Adler, 96, a lifelong worker for world peace, beloved husband of the late Alice, nee Gamberg; loving father of Michael (Alice), Alan (Cindy Wespestad), and Jody (Michael Fisher); loving grandfather of Leila, Samantha, Gillian, Noah and Alanna Adler and Josh and Liz Fisher, passed away April 17, 2010. He was a World War II Vet, serving in the medical corps in Great Britain. Co-founder of Stone & Adler, the first advertising agency dedicated to direct mail marketing, he received the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing Award for his work in convincing major American corporations that direct marketing should be a part of their advertising programs. Throughout his life he was a political activist, an avid gardener, a voracious reader and an inveterate traveler. In his 90's, he was still growing geraniums and orchids in his home. He attended demonstrations against the war in Iraq, made calls supporting the election of President Obama and was a tireless debater about the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians. To satisfy his intellectual curiosity, at 90, he began a three- year study of James Joyce's Ulysses, reading all source material available and analyzing every line. When he retired, he and his wife circled the globe for three months and for many years thereafter they would travel frequently and to escape Chicago winters spend several months each year with friends in Oaxaca, Mexico. In 1988 he was made an Honored Alumnus of the Chicago Executive Service Corps, a volunteer organization that helps nonprofit organizations improve their operational and fundraising activities. He served as President of the North Shore School of Jewish Studies, a secular Jewish Sunday School. He was a board member of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and its chairperson for three years. He was a board member of the Albert Einstein Peace Prize Foundation from 1981-1993 during which time it awarded $50,000 in prizes to such individuals as Swedish Ambassador Alva Myrdal, American Ambassador George Kennan, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharov for their efforts to promote world peace. His was a life well lived. He will be missed by everyone. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Southern Poverty Law Center at www.splcenter.org or 1-888-414-7751 or United for Peace and Justice, at www.unitedforpeaceandjustice.org or 1-212-868-5545, will be appreciated. Those wishing to pay their respects are welcome to visit the family at 1616 Sheridan Road, Wilmette, April 24 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Apr. 20, 2010
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