John William Locke
Mount Vernon, IL
Locke, John William "Bill" of Chicago's near north side, formerly resident of Flossmoor, Beverly Shores, Ind., died on 9/7/21 at the age of 83. Husband and best friend of Judy (nee Rehnquist) Locke of 60 years. Loving father of David Locke, John (Marsha) Locke, and Robert (Jean) Locke and loving grandfather of Hayden Locke. Loyal son of Verly and John Locke. A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan where he met Judy. He earned a Masters in Library Science at the University of Chicago. Director of the Harold Washington College Library at the City Colleges of Chicago for 35 years. There he received a distinguished professor honor. Bill had a kind of caring manner. His great passion was for books, Chicago architecture, and traveling with his wife. He also took many trips with his sons and their families. After his retirement, his desk became the command post for his many interests: Society of Architectural Historians, Caxton Club, and Newbury Library. Memorials may be made to Newbury Library, 66. W. Walton, Chicago, IL 60610 or the Charnley Persky House Museum, 1365 Astor, Chicago, IL 60610. Services will be private. Visit for more information.

Published by Chicago Tribune on Sep. 12, 2021.
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I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Bill and his Father and myself and my Father were founding Braves of Kaywasheenas Indian Guides Tribe within South Shore YMCA. And classmates at Horace Mann School. He also has been a life long friend of my Sister Judi O'Brien (Greitzer)
Bob Greitzer
September 13, 2021
To Judy and the Locke family, My deepest condolences to you all your losing Bill, a kind, hard-working, friendly, and productive to the end gentleman. He led a highly admirable life, contributing to the education and culture of the Chicago region. I will miss him ver much. His work for the SAH Chicago chapter was outstanding, supported by David I remember on the north shore study day a few years ago. His gentle leadership is a model for others, committed and open, with clear goals in mind. I´m grateful to him and to Judy and his family for helping him contribute so constructively for so long. I will keep his example and friendship in my heart.
Arthur Miller
September 12, 2021
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