Jean Marilyn Larson Damisch
Jean Marilyn Larson Damisch, 80, of Northbrook, IL passed away with loved ones at her side on March 23, 2011. She was the youngest of two children born to George Larson and Ruth Lillian (Lundberg) Larson on April 6, 1930 in Chicago. Jean graduated from Von Steuben High School and Northwestern University. She married Richard James Damisch of Hampshire, IL in 1952. Her 31 year teaching career was complemented by earning a Doctor of Education degree from Northern IL University and being inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. Jean is survived by her husband of 58 years, Richard J. Damisch; three children, Kent (Kim) Damisch, Indianapolis, IN, Diane (Dr. Craig) Miller, Colorado Springs, CO and Richard M. (Sharon) Damisch, Palatine, IL; grandchildren Brian and Brett Damisch, Jessica and Christopher Miller, Bridie and Timothy Damisch; brother Marvin Larson, Hendersonville, NC. Interment will be at the Memorial Washington Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Elgin, IL. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11 a.m. at The Village Presbyterian Church, 1300 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to: Kellogg Cancer Center online at or by mail to NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation, 1033 University Place, Suite 450, Evanston, IL 60201, or to The Village Presbyterian Church Music Ministry.
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Mar. 27, 2011.
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Dick, My thoughts are with you and your family. Jean was such a vibrant and enthusiastic human being that it is hard for me to accept the reality that she is no longer with us. Having known her since our days at Northwestern and Chi Omega, it was always a treat to get together and recall the "good old days". She will be missed by all fortunate to know her and her outstanding talents. With deepest sympathy, Pat White Schmidt
Patricia Schmidt
April 7, 2011

Linda and I were saddened to hear of Jean's death. Jean was an accomplished educator but also a true leader among NU alumni of the School of Education.
Back in 2004 when you and she got off the elevator at the lobby of the Hay Adams in DC and walked into our family wedding party, it seemed after speaking with you for 30 minutes or so, you had engratiated yourselves to such an extent, you had almost become family. Jean's outgoing and caring personality will be missed and we extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. -Payson Wild
April 6, 2011
Dear Dick & Family,

Words cannot describe how lucky I am to have had Jean in my life. She was such a positive influence in my life and was the best Godmother I could have ever asked for. I am so grateful for the memories we shared, her kindness, love, generosity, and words of wisdom. I am really going to miss her. May God give you and your family comfort in this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.

Love, your godson
Stephen Peterson
April 5, 2011
Dear Mr. Damisch (Richard) & Family-
Jean was a wonderful wife, mother, and friend. I always appreciated her kindness toward me and my family. We shared so many happy memories-Thanksgiving, Easter, and Northwestern graduations. My brother emailed me the obituary. Jean's accomplishments were exceptional! I know she is in heaven and if she happens to see my mother, they will have a great reunion.
Mother always admired and respected Jean.

I regret your loss.

Peace be with you.

Frances Dearing Bryniarski
NU '77 & '79
Frances Dearing
April 5, 2011
Dear Dr. Damisch Family,
Dr. Damisch was a God send to my daughter Brigette while she attended Niles West. All the other teachers said she couldn't while Dr. D (as my daughter called her) said "Yes, you can." Thanks to Dr. D, she has, today she's happily married with a terrific job. Dr. Damisch was loving, kind, & strong. I thanked her everyday. Many children will be missing a very important part of learning without her. She will be sadly missed. Thank you & God Bless Pattie Lindgren Mother of Brigette Miller (Page)
Pattie Lindgren
April 3, 2011
Dear Richard and Family
I've known Jean since 4th grade - when she was one of the smallest in the class even when we graduated from high school. Her accomplishments since then have been tremendous, but that was not unexpected. What was -was her height. We all loved to see her at the Ladies Who Lunch (the Von crew)and will miss her very much.
Alice Rifkind Gutenkauf
April 1, 2011
This lovely lady and amazing mentor and teacher will be greatly missed. My love and sympathy to the Damisch family.
Marie Helgeson Grunst
April 1, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Damisch family at this difficult time. I substitute taught for Jean during the 1980's and will always recall her thoughtful, caring ways with her students. She was always well prepared and organized as well as encouraging to me. I last saw Jean at (naturally) a theatre production at Northwestern this past summer. It was nice to catch up with Jean once again. I will always remember Jean fondly.
Marc Schwartz
March 31, 2011
Jean was a wonderful cheerleader for teachers. She was an inspiration to her students. Her bright outlook and encouragement will always be remembered. May her memory be for a blessing.
Nathan Unterman
March 31, 2011
Dick, I fondly remember numerous conversations with you and Jean, always substantive, always about our faith, love of music and art, nutrition and politics. You and Jean were and are elegant, kind, accomplished people who worked tirelessly to make the world a better place. I will see you at the memorial service to celebrate Jean's life with you. My deep sympathy and my fond regards, Diane (Schroeder) Deiss
Diane Deiss
March 30, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Damisch family.I knew Jean for many years.I was Jean's hairstylist for about 25 years until I retired. She was one of the most amazing people I have ever known.Always up-beat,a smile on her face and a positive story to tell you. A light has gone out in the world with out Jean. She was a bright shinning star. I will miss her spirt. Sincerely,Carlene
Carlene Amari-roy
March 30, 2011
Richard and family- I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Marcia Hallstrom
Marcia Hallstrom
March 30, 2011
Dear Richard and family,
We just found out about Jean today. I'm so sorry we're so far away from the family, but you're in our thoughts and prayers.
Jeanne Marlowe
March 29, 2011
Richard: we are very sorry to hear about Jean's death. She was a lovely person, and we know how much she suffered on her last months. Our prayers are with you and your children Luv Cliff and Maria Anderson
March 28, 2011
Mrs. Damisch was one of my teachers at Niles West, and was a life changer. Her devotion to teaching and pushing her students to be the best they can is what helped my gain Honor Roll status. I will miss you dearly.
Niles West '93
Jeff Scholpp
March 28, 2011
OUr prayers and thoughts to Jean Damisch's entire extended family.
Nephew David L. Danner and family
March 28, 2011
Our deepest sympathies to the entire Damisch family. Jean was such an outgoing and caring person. Each time we saw her at Bridie's performances, she was sure to catch up with us and have a visit. She will be missed.
Debby Brauer and family
March 27, 2011
My thoughs and prayers are with Jean's family. Mrs Damisch was one of my teacher's at Niles West and a mentor to me and I will miss her dearly.

Donald Gutterman
Donald Gutterman
March 27, 2011
My prayers and thoughts go out to Jean's Family. I taught with Jean at Niles West High School for many years. She certainly was a well-respected teacher and mentor.
Patrick Savage
March 27, 2011
My sincerest condolences at the loss of my lovely Aunt Jean.
james damisch
March 27, 2011
We have lost a beautiful, talented, thoughtful, ingenious woman. I admired Jean and loved seeing her and Richard at the many NU events over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Blythe McGarvie
March 27, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May the Lord hold Jean in the palm of his hands.
Sandy & Ken Hein
March 27, 2011
Our thoughts are with you.
Lynne (Danner) & Dave Erbs
March 27, 2011