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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are  saddened
 3    to learn of the death of Vincent W. Erickson of Norwood Park,
 4    who passed away February 27, 2002; and

 5        WHEREAS,  Mr. Erickson was known for his charitable works
 6    and lifelong passion for literature; he overcame  poverty  to
 7    earn  three  college degrees and became controller at Chicago
 8    advertising powerhouse  Needham,  Louis  &  Brorby,  now  DDB
 9    Chicago; and

10        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Erickson  grew  up  in  the  Andersonville
11    neighborhood in Chicago's North Side; his father died when he
12    was  9  months  old, and for several years while Mr. Erickson
13    was in grade school, his mother ran a  small  boarding  house
14    out of the family's apartment; and

15        WHEREAS, Mr. Erickson earned a degree in English from the
16    University  of  Illinois  at  Urbana-Champaign  in 1942, then
17    served in Army Intelligence during World War II;  during  the
18    1950s,  Mr.  Erickson  received  a  degree in accounting from
19    Northwestern University and an MBA  from  the  University  of
20    Chicago; and

21        WHEREAS,  After  the  war,  Mr.  Erickson  got a job with
22    Needham, where he worked for 24 years; in  1951,  he  married
23    his  wife,  Norma,  and they settled in Norwood Park in 1957;
24    and

25        WHEREAS,   Mr.   Erickson's   passion   was   literature,
26    especially writers from the American South; he often drove to
27    the hometowns of writers such  as  Eudora  Welty  and  Thomas
28    Wolfe;  he once traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, and wrangled
29    an invitation to William Faulkner's home; and

30        WHEREAS, A member  of  the  Chicago  Literary  Club,  Mr.
31    Erickson  used  his  travels  to fuel his lectures to Chicago
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 1    area book clubs; and

 2        WHEREAS, Mr. Erickson volunteered thousands of hours  for
 3    causes  such  as  the Norwood Park Historical Society and two
 4    Lutheran churches, where he served as deacon; and

 5        WHEREAS,  In  1991,  the  Chicago  Department  of   Aging
 6    inducted  him  into  its Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, citing
 7    his work tutoring special education students and  reading  to
 8    the blind; and

 9        WHEREAS,  Mr. Erickson will be deeply missed by all those
10    who knew him and loved him, especially his wife,  Norma;  his
11    daughter,  Carolyn  Staven;  and  his  sons,  David and John;
12    therefore, be it

14    ASSEMBLY  OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
15    his family and friends, the passing of Vincent W. Erickson of
16    Norwood Park; and be it further

17        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
18    presented  to the family of Vincent W. Erickson with our most
19    sincere condolences.

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