Gerald ‘Gerry’ R. Adler, 92, formerly of Evanston, died in his sleep of cardiac arrest on November 13. A Chicago native and graduate of Austin High and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Gerald taught history for 38 years in the Chicago Public Schools. A lifelong White Sox fan, Gerald was also an ardent unionist. As a member of the Chicago Teachers Union, he helped prod the union toward collective bargaining in the 1960s. He was an avid reader who enjoyed debating politics, canvassing for political candidates, publishing letters to the editor, and the camaraderie of the Monday/Wednesday Club at the Levy Center. Gerald is survived by his wife of 64 years, Irene Adler, his sister Dolores (Al) Erlebacher, daughters Sarah (Art) Hoskins and Laura Adler, granddaughter Emma Hoskins, sister-in-law Helen Adler, and three nephews and a niece. Memorial Service: Saturday, December 4 at 11 a.m., Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Levy Senior Center.
I am saddened to hear the news of Geralds passing. I have fond childhood memories with the Adlers and beyond, as they were close family friends. Gerald was a fine and intelligent man; I recall engaging conversations from the past. He was a father figure to me. My sincere condolences. May his memory be a blessing.
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