92, formerly of Evanston, died in his sleep of cardiac arrest on November 13. A Chicago native and graduate of Austin High and Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Gerald taught history for 38 years in the Chicago Public Schools. A lifelong White Sox fan, Gerald was also an ardent unionist. As a member of the Chicago Teachers Union, he helped prod the union toward collective bargaining in the 1960s. He was an avid reader who enjoyed debating politics, canvassing for political candidates, publishing letters to the editor, and the camaraderie of the Monday/Wednesday Club at the Levy Center. Gerald is survived by his wife of 64 years, Irene Adler, his sister Dolores (Al) Erlebacher, daughters Sarah (Art) Hoskins and Laura Adler, granddaughter Emma Hoskins, sister-in-law Helen Adler, and three nephews and a niece. Memorial Service: Saturday, December 4 at 11 a.m., Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Levy Senior Center Foundation.
Dear Irene, Sarah, Laura and the rest of the family,
My sincere condolences on the death of your husband and father. I have fond memories of dinners at your house in the late 70s--all of us eating together around the table in the kitchen corner. Gerry (Mr Adler to me then) filled the room with talk, information and humor. I feel very blessed to be able to say that most of my friends in Junior High had actively involved, caring parents who welcomed their children's friends to the family table. With fond memories of you all, Ann Strickler
Ann (Unkenholz) Strickler
November 27, 2021
I send my heartfelt condolences to Irene on the death of her dear husband Gerry. I cherish many fond memories of both of them from playing string quartet music in their Evanston home. As a teacher, I admired Gerry's devotion to teaching and to his steadfast support of the union. I send my love to Irene and family.
November 21, 2021
Gerry was always quick with a comment, and he was usually right.
November 18, 2021
We are so sorry to read today of Gerry's passing, and even sorrier that we did not keep in touch all these years of retirement. We remember him with fondness and admiration. He was a stalwart, principled man who spoke out fearlessly for what he believed. We both taught at Clemente for 27 years and vividly remember standing on the picket line with him in a brutally cold January in support of decent salaries and working conditions for Chicago teachers. We know that were he alive, Paul Gustke, another stalwart Union man, would be writing a note of condolence for Gerry too. Gerry was one of a kind--absolutely unforgettable and irreplaceable, not to mention witty and often hilarious! So many teachers, so many Chicago Public School workers, owe so very much to him.
To you, Irene and your family, we offer our greatest sympathy.
Bob and Pat Solari