Harold Winston
Chicago Jewish Funerals
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Skokie, IL
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Harold Winston graduated from Bronx High School of Science and City College where he played on the chess teams.

At the University of Chicago, he was captain of the chess team and won the decisive game in the 1968 US Intercollegiate that gave the U of C the Championship!

He played against the Northwestern team, including George R.R. Martin whom you probably know as the author of "Game of Thrones". Martin featured him in a short story as a character he named "Hal Winslow".

Harold continued as a lifelong member of the U.S. Chess Federation, serving as a delegate for many years, Chairman of the Bylaws Committee, worked on the Executive Board, and served asPresident from 1987-1990.

He then served many years as CEO and Chairman of the U.S. Chess Trust, the Federation's 501c3 non-profit organization. Harold was constantly inclusive, supporting Women's, Scholastic, and inner-city teams and their efforts. He championed college chess and brought it into a position of importance within USCF. Harold attended every USCF Open Tournament and delegate meeting since 1968 and even has the T Shirts to prove it!

After working towards a history degree at the University of Chicago, Harold later went to Law School at Loyola University, where he graduated magna cum laude, attending school at night and working full-time during the day at the Social Security Department. After Law School, he clerked for the Honorable Allen Hartman, Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court.

Discovering another deep interest, he worked for the Post-Conviction Division (now Legal Resource Division) of the Cook County Public Defender, taking on some of the most difficult cases. He felt this was defending the constitutional right of every citizen to a fair representation. He won new trials for people convicted of murder in at least seven separatecases. His most famous case was that of Alton Logan who was incarcerated 26 years for a murder he did not commit. Logan was freed and his case was featured in a segment of "60 Minutes" in which Harold appeared.

Harold went on to lecture at many educational institutions about difficulties in the legal system as evidenced by that case.

Harold was also active in the committee involved in reviewing the Chicago Police as well as the Constitution Society.

What facts and figures fail to convey, however, was the breadth and depth of Harold's extraordinary compassion for other human beings. Whether an innocent prisoner languishing forgotten in jail, an elderly relative alone, a young child misunderstood, or a nervous legal intern trying to fit in, Harold had a smile and comfort for them all. His colleagues describe him as "beloved" due to his unflagging efforts on behalf of others. Never too tired; never too busy, he was there for them all.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Carol Weinberg, his daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine Winston, His brother and sister in law, Marvin and Ellen Winston of New Jersey, and his nieces and nephews, Emily Winston, Sarah and Steve Platovskiy (Ava and Jake), and Jessica and Kevin Bulmer (Frankie). Charitable donations should be made to the U.S. Chess Trust, www.uschesstrust.org.

To keep everyone safe and healthy, the chapel and interment are private.

Harold's funeral can be viewed on the Chicago Jewish Funerals website, live streamed on Wednesday, 2/17/2021 at 10 am CST, or later as indicated on their website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals-Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com

Published by Chicago Tribune on Feb. 16, 2021.
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In chess, each player wants to win and wants his or her opponent to lose. Although Harold was an excellent chess player, away from the chess board he helped everyone win. He was encouraging, energetic, and kind. He created new tournaments, such as the Midwest Women's Opens in the 1980s in Chicago, which I played in and which helped me develop friendships and chess skills.
Alexey Root
February 18, 2021
Harold was a special person at SSA office of GLPSC. I was very fortunate to work with him for several years, I think it was, and was happy to see him leave for his amazing next career as a defense attorney. His later visits to "say hi" were always welcome.
Pat Walter
February 17, 2021
You were one of the most dedicated lawyers I ever met. In cases you were underrated, and you turned that into a tactic and a plus! I have never seen anyone as devoted to their clients and the law as you. I will miss talking to you not only for the legal education but also for the Chess discussions and games. You made this legal profession, this office and this world a lesser place by leaving it.
marijane placek
February 17, 2021
I met Harold over 20 years ago. He was assigned to represent me in my Post Conviction petition. I immediately liked him and the truth he spoked. He never gave me or any one a false sense of reality. He was always honest and sincere. Over the next 20 years, Harold and I would become good friends. I had to make what really was a tough decision many years ago. A Federal Judge had ordered a large powerful Chicago law firm to represent me. This meant that I had a choice to either continue to let a man who I trusted and knew his sincerity in trying to free me but with limited resources and help, or a power firm who had numerous Lawyers and vast resources. For most people in my shoes, it would have been an easy decision. Not for me. I did ultimately go with the powerful law firm and they did win my freedom. It was the work that Harold had started that allowed my victory. Upon my release, Harold and I would attend many gatherings together. We would have lunch at least once a month. Each different time would be the same conversation. How happy he was to have been a part of my case and how happy to see me succeeding in the free world. He has always made it clear to me that my case was one of the most meaningful of his career. I have even had an opportunity to meet his wife Carol and two daughters Elizabeth and Katherine. Harold spoke of them often and they were with no doubt, the loves of his life. Harold was a good man and a good friend to me and others who the system is not always kind to. I will miss my dear friend. Our lunches and that laugh that was straight out of Hollywood. Rest in Peace my dear friend. I will always have tremendous love and respect for you.
Evan Griffith
February 16, 2021
Harold was a warm, kind, smart, and extraordinarily decent man, and a great colleague. He will be missed by me and by so many others.
Jeff colman
February 16, 2021
You really did so much. Still remember your Ground Hog chess tournaments at U. of Chicago. You will be missed. Fred [email protected]
Fred Gruenberg
February 16, 2021
A terrible loss to the Chicago legal community. A wonderful lawyer, teacher, and human being. He will be sorely missed.
Tim ONeill
February 16, 2021
Harold will be remembered by his neighbors as a sweet guy.
Christine White
February 15, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with your wonderful family. Harold was an amazing and accomplished man who opened his heart and home to me when I lived in Naperville. I will truly miss his smile and laughter.
Leila S Grayson Healy
February 15, 2021
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