Seymour H. Persky, age 92. Preceded in death by his beloved son Jonathan E. Persky. Cherished father of Abby Persky (Robert Delforge). Doting grandfather of Madeleine and Connor Delforge. Devoted companion of Bonnie Gilman. Adored father figure to Paul Gilman and Ralph Gilman and grandfather figure to Howard and Ricki Gilman. Treasured uncle and cousin to many. Co-founder of Parliament Enterprises, Ltd. Seymour was a lawyer, real estate developer and ardent architectural preservationist. He was extremely committed to charitable causes both Jewish and secular. Seymour was a long-term member of Roosevelt University's Board of Trustees, a member of the DePaul University College of Law, and the Dean's Advisory Council and DePaul's Endowment Board. He was a governing member of the Art Institute of Chicago and served on the Board of Overseers of the ITT School of Architecture and a member of the City of Chicago Commission on Chicago Landmarks. Within the Jewish community, Seymour had numerous leadership roles including Jewish United Fund, Jewish National Fund, The American Jewish Congress, Israel Bonds, and the Chicago Loop Synagogue. He also served on the Boards of the Israel Cancer Research Foundation, the Anti-Defamation League, Friends of the IDF, Skokie Valley Synagogue, YIVO, National Jewish Theater, Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School, Arie Crown Day School, Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago and the Hillels of Illinois. Seymour was also recognized for creating the term "Wrigleyville" to describe the residential area surrounding Wrigley Field. Services will be held Wed. March 25 10:00 am at Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home 111 Skokie Blvd, Wilmette. Interment will follow at Waldheim Cemetery 1400 Des Plaines Ave, Forest Park. Info: 847-256-5700 In lieu of flowers, contributions in Seymour's memory may be made to Chicago Community Kollel 6506 N California, Chicago, IL 60645 773-262-9400 or the Society of Architectural Historians, 1365 N Astor St, Chicago, 60610 312-573-1365 www.sah.org
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Published by Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2015.