Penny Nathan Kahan, nee Schwartz, formerly Penny Nathan Furhman, age 72, passed away after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Penny was the soul mate and wife of Brian Burrows, mother of Daniel Furhman (Claire Sebastian) and Noah Furhman (Karina), stepmother of Karin Stolarski (Joe), grandmother of Reese Furhman, James Furhman, William Stolarski and Emma Stolarski, sister of Gil, Sondra and Chuck, and lifelong best friend of Ruth Phillips (Barry). Penny was born in Chicago, attended Sullivan High School, earned a B.A. from Roosevelt University in 1966, did graduate work at the University of Chicago, and earned a J.D. from Berkeley Law in 1978. She worked in the state's attorney's office and founded the law firm of Penny Nathan Kahan and Associates in 1983. Penny's career as an attorney was focused on helping people who suffered from workplace unfairness and discrimination. She was greatly appreciated by her clients and highly respected by her colleagues. During her career Penny had a number of accomplishments. She was one of the co-founders of The National Employment Lawyers Association in 1985 and the founder of its Illinois affiliate. Today NELA has over 4000 members nationwide. In 2000 she was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2002. In 2008 she was recognized as one of the Top Ten Woman Lawyers in the state representing individual consumers of legal services. Penny closed her practice in 2010 due to complications from her illness. After closing her practice Penny enjoyed several years of world travel and spending time with her beloved family. In lieu of flowers please donate to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Illinois Chapter, [email protected]
A celebration of Penny's life will be held at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road) on Sunday, February 19 at 2PM. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com
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Published by Chicago Tribune from Feb. 2 to Feb. 5, 2017.