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Bill Hinchliff teaching English at Roycemore (The Griffin ’76 Yearbook)

Good morning, Evanston.

Roycemore School receives $1 million gift from a retired teacher. The donor, William Hinchliff, taught English at Roycemore from 1975 to 1977 and made the gift in memory of his parents, Mae B. & James D. Hinchliff.

Inspired by the experience his mother had as a Roycemore student and his own experience as a faculty member and trustee of the school, Bill envisioned that the gift from his parents’ charitable remainder trust would bolster Roycemore’s position as “the clear choice among families seeking a college preparatory school with high academic standards, a diverse environment, and personalized, project-based instruction.”

The gift was designated to maintain and strengthen Roycemore in its second century, now at its 1200 Davis Street campus.


2021 Justin Wynn Award Recipients Announced. Each spring, the Justin Wynn Fund honors two fourth grade students from each of District 65’s 12 schools. These 24 students are selected by their teachers and administrators for demonstrating outstanding leadership, citizenship, and sportsmanship. Congratulations to the 2021 recipients of the Justin Wynn Award!


Flash back to one year ago: On June 1, 2020, Evanston had reported a total of 723 cases of COVID-19 and 41 fatalities since the City’s Public Health Department began reporting figures for the pandemic in early March. Yesterday, on June 1, 2021, cumulative cases totaled 4,637 and 118 Evanston residents had lost their lives to COVID-19.  

New COVID cases continue to fall in Evanston and across the State, and vaccination rates are climbing, albeit more slowly than in mid-April when weekly vaccination rates peaked. Evanston reported no new cases yesterday and only five in the past week. Seventy percent of residents 12 and older and 97% of residents 65 and older are fully vaccinated.

With COVID numbers falling and vaccinations on the ascent, we are discontinuing the daily “COVID-19 by the numbers” section in our newsletter. This information will still be available in our daily “COVID-19 Update,” the comprehensive report written by Larry Gavin. It’s been quite a year!

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Lives Lost: Kenneth Kaye. Kenneth Peter Kaye died at his home in Evanston on Wednesday, May 26.  He was 75.  Ken Kaye earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University (A.B. in English literature, 1966; Ph.D. in psychology and education, 1970). He was a Knox Fellow at the University of Cambridge, England. Later he trained in family therapy at the Family Institute of Chicago.

COVID-19 Update on June 1: ­­­­­­­­­­­­No New Cases in Evanston, 401 in the State. Evanston has reported no new COVID-19 cases in four of the last seven days. Its seven-day average of new cases per day dropped to 0.7%. Its test positivity rate is 0.1%. It is well below the thresholds recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health and leading researchers. The number of cases reported by the State today is the lowest it has been in more than a year.

Amanda Seligman’s Levy Lecture focused on block clubs in Chicago. (Submitted photo)

Amanda Seligman and the History of Chicago’s Block Clubs. The Levy Lecture topic on May 25 centered around Chicago’s block clubs, presented by former Evanston resident Amanda Seligman, a historian and expert in the subject. Dr. Seligman describes block clubs as “the smallest form of community-based organization.” Her book, “Chicago’s Block Clubs: How Neighbors Shape the City,” stemmed from information she gathered and wrote about while she was working on her dissertation.


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