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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are  saddened
 3    to  learn  of  the death of Gardner Heidrick of Hinsdale, who
 4    passed away July 6, 2002; and

 5        WHEREAS, Mr. Heidrick was born in Clarion,  Pennsylvania,
 6    the  son  of Emmett Heidrick, a professional baseball player;
 7    Mr. Heidrick got a degree in business administration from the
 8    University of Illinois, taking off a  year  halfway  to  earn
 9    enough  money  to finish his education; he also held numerous
10    part-time jobs at college, ranging from garbage collecting to
11    waiting tables at a sorority; and

12        WHEREAS, Mr. Heidrick went to work as a salesman for  the
13    Scott  Paper  Co.  in Philadelphia, where he met English-born
14    Eileen Lindsay; they married and were together for 59  years,
15    until her death in 1996; and

16        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Heidrick moved to Kansas City as personnel
17    manager for the Consumers Cooperative, then to Chicago  as  a
18    management consultant for the firm of Booz Allen Hamilton; in
19    1953,  he  joined his friend John Struggles, and they started
20    their own executive-recruiting company; and

21        WHEREAS, Heidrick & Struggles grew to become the  world's
22    second-largest  executive  search  firm,  with  nearly  1,000
23    search professionals and more than 80 offices worldwide; and

24        WHEREAS,  Mr. Heidrick was chief executive officer of the
25    company  for  many  years,  helping  the   firm   shape   the
26    executive-search  industry;  he co-founded the Association of
27    Executive Search Consultants, served  as  the  trade  group's
28    president  and  helped  establish  ethical  standards for the
29    industry; and

30        WHEREAS, At the age of 70, he  retired  from  Heidrick  &
31    Struggles,  but not from work altogether, instead co-founding
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 1    the boutique executive search firm,  the  Heidrick  Partners,
 2    with  his  son, Bob Heidrick, who now is vice chairman of the
 3    giant Spencer Stuart recruiting firm; and

 4        WHEREAS, Mr. Heidrick was an avid golfer,  traveling  the
 5    world  to  play  top  courses;  he served as president of the
 6    Hinsdale Golf Club and of the Community House, which provides
 7    services to several suburbs in the Hinsdale area;  an  ardent
 8    supporter  of  the  University  of  Illinois,  he  served  as
 9    president  of its alumni association and of the University of
10    Illinois Foundation, of which he was a life director; and

11        WHEREAS, Mr. Heidrick will be deeply missed by all  those
12    who  knew  him  and  loved  him, especially his sons, Bob and
13    Gardner  Jr.;   his   six   grandchildren;   and   his   four
14    great-grandchildren; therefore, be it

16    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along  with
17    his family and friends, the death of Gardner Heidrick; and be
18    it further

19        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
20    presented to the family of Gardner Heidrick with our  sincere
21    condolences.

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