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Paul STEPAN


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Paul STEPAN Obituary
Paul Stepan died August 11, 2013 after an 11 year struggle with cancer. He was born July 1, 1943, the 6th in a family of 7 children of Alfred and Mary Louise Stepan of Winnetka, Illinois. He graduated from Loyola Academy in the classical honors course, and co-captained the 1960 championship lightweight basketball team, and the football team. He was an exceptional athlete and ran four marathons. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1965 with a BA in English and Political Science. He graduated from Oxford University (Balliol College) in 1967 with an MA in politics, philosophy and economics, and the University of Chicago in 1970 with a JD. He practiced corporate law and became a Partner at Mayer Brown and Platt in 1978. In 1979 he started his own development firm in Chicago. Harry Caray's and Prairie restaurants were signature developments. For 29 years Paul also served on the Board of Directors of Stepan Company with his brother Quinn CEO. Paul joined the March on Washington on August 28, 1963 to hear Martin Luther King deliver his "I Have a Dream" speech. His commitment to civil rights and social justice spurred his interest in politics. He was the first Finance Chairman for Richard M. Daley in his elections as Cook County State's Attorney and then Mayor of Chicago. In that role, Paul mentored another fundraising talent beginning in politics - now-Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He also helped his lifelong friend Dick Devine succeed in becoming State's Attorney. He married his high school sweetheart and soul mate Ann Ruppe and for forty-eight years they had an unsurpassed marriage and love affair. Family came first for Paul and Ann, and they were crazy about their children, Shannon and Paul, and their grandchildren Kathleen, Emily, Ava and Owen, who fondly called Paul "Hoppi". Paul is survived by his wife Ann, his children Shannon (Jonathan) and Paul (Susan), and four grandchildren, and his siblings Marilee (Richard), Alfred (Nancy), Quinn (Snowy), Stratford (Judy), Charlotte (James) and John (Bonnie). Services will be held on Wednesday, August 14 at Old Saint Patrick's Church at 700 West Adams, Chicago, IL 60661. Visitation will be held at 9AM followed by mass at 10AM.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Aug. 12, 2013
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