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Former D205 Superintendent Merle Baker passes away; York auditorium was named for long-time administrator

Former D205 Superintendent Merle Baker passes away; York auditorium was named for long-time administrator

By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent If you’ve ever been to the auditorium at York High School, you may have noticed a bronze plaque on the wall dedicated to long-time District 205 teacher and administrator Merle Baker. Baker Auditorium is his namesake and many students who passed through the […]


William T. Loughman, 89

William T. Loughman passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, at the age of 89. Born in Chicago to William J. and Josephine, nee Jucik, Loughman. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1952. Bill flew fighter jets for the Air Force and Air […]


Evelyn Mundle, 98

Evelyn Mundle, nee Kerrick, passed away recently at the age of 98. Beloved wife of 73 years to the late Rudolph T. Mundle; loving mother of Philip (Pat), the late Lynne (survived by Dick) Busch, Colleen (Jim) Ruppert, Craig (Judy), Glen (Kathy), Roger and Rodney (Maggie); proud grandmother of 17 […]


Christine O. Smith, 77

Christine O. Smith, of Elmhurst, passed peacefully surrounded by her family at the age of 77. Chris was preceded in death by her adoring husband Bruce; loving mother of Bruce (Melissa), Mark (Betsy) and Jenny (Jeff) Pozen; proud and caring “G” of Haley, Hanna, Bruce III, Ellen, Brian, Adam and […]


Lola French, 98

Lola Clark French died peacefully on March 17, 2021, at the Michealsen Health Center of The Holmstad in Batavia, Ill. She was 98. Lola was born on February 13, 1923, in Mt. Sterling, Ill., to James R. and Laura Clemons Clark. The fourth of seven children, she grew up in […]


Police Reports

The Elmhurst Police Department recently reported the following arrests and citations. Persons charged with domestic battery are not named in order to protect the privacy of victims. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a conviction, and that subjects are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court […]


James Wall passes away at 92; Long-time resident had connections in the movie industry, national politics, more

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Meeting the mighty MLK
Elmhurst resident Jim Wall is pictured speaking with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the mid-1960s. Wall, who passed away on March 22 at the age of 92, had many friends and affiliations with those in national politics and religion. He also had connections in the motion picture industry, serving on the appeals board for MPAA ratings.

By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent James McKendree Wall, a longtime resident of Elmhurst, passed away March 22, 2021, at the age of 92. Wall was born on October 27, 1928 in Monroe, Georgia. After graduating high school, he enrolled at Georgia Tech and became a sportswriter for the […]


University creates new COVID-19 Relief Grant; Designed to help students affected by pandemic

Elmhurst University recognizes that in the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a financial, emotional and academic toll on many students and their families. For example, a parent may have lost a job or experienced a cut in hours; or a student’s grades may have suffered during remote learning, […]


Making Elmhurst University history

Making Elmhurst University history

Kranz Forum on the Elmhurst University campus briefly became a foundry in December when Associate Professor of Art Dustan Creech and his sculpture students cast the Elmhurst University seal in bronze. The finished medallion will grace the hood over the fireplace in the Frick Center Founders Lounge.


RESPECT Elmhurst announces latest pledgors

From March 11 to March 19, the following people took the RESPECT Elmhurst pledge and agreed to act according to its mission. The Elmhurst Independent brings you the latest pledgors who include: Zaid Abdelsattar Cheryl Anne Paula Ciccarone Annice Coughlan Jimmy Crowley Pete Cruger Jennifer DeBosschere Daisy Dose Greg Gley […]