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Record #: R2013-405   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 4/10/2013 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 4/10/2013
Title: Tribute to late Louis Albert Fitzgerald, Jr.
Sponsors: Lane, Lona
Attachments: 1. R2013-405.pdf
WHEREAS, On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the Almighty God, in His infinite wisdom called to his eternal journey, Louis Albert Fitzgerald Jr.; and

WHEREAS, The Chicago City Council has been informed of this by 18th Ward Alderman Lona Lane; and

WHEREAS, Louis was born on January 26, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois to Louis Albert Fitzgerald Sr. and Ruth Turner Fitzgerald. He was their only child. His parents passed while Louis was in his youth.

WHEREAS, Louis entered the United States Army in 1946. While in the Armed Services, he attended Keio University in Japan - School of Business Administration. After completing his tour of military duties, he returned to Chicago, Illinois to embark on his career; and

WHEREAS, He married the late Jeanette Arnold, to this union, two daughters were born, Michelle and Stephanie. Louis' married Mercedes Kelsey in 1969, to this union, a son, Brent Louis Fitzgerald, Sr. was born who was one of his greatest blessings. He also considered his nephew, Durell James, whom he loved, as his second son; and

WHEREAS, Louis set high standards for himself. In 1962, Louis collaborated with CBS-TV to produce a television documentary called "Decision at 83rd Street". He also joined the staff at WCIO-TV Channel 26 as an account executive. He became its top salesman. He later became a talk show host for "Conversation Piece" on Channel 26. He received an invitation to join NBC-TV and became the first African American Account Executive for Channel 5. He was also a columnist for several newspapers to include the Chicago Defender as his most notable contribution in print. In addition, having two separate successful radio talk shows on WIND and WVON focused on many current issues; and

WHEREAS, Louis was very active in community services, serving two terms as president of the Chatham-Avalon Park Community Council. In addition, he served as president of the North Beverly Civic Association for two years upon which he received numerous awards for community service; ...

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