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Record #: R2022-335   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 4/27/2022 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 4/27/2022
Title: Recognition of Maryfrances Veeck's years of community service
Sponsors: Hairston, Leslie A.
Attachments: 1. R2022-335.pdf

WHEREAS, MARYFRANCES VEECK, was born September 1, 1920 in Pittsburgh, PA, and lived with her parents Raymond and Theresa Jane Ackerman until her early 20s;
WHEREAS, Maryfrances developed a love of theatre and music while at Carnegie Technical High School, and joined the cast ofthe Pittsburgh Playhouse Ensemble;
WHEREAS, Maryfrances was hired by John Harris, the legendary Ice Capades promoter, to serve as Press Agent, a position she held until 1949;
WHEREAS, Maryfrances met the love of her life and future husband Bill Veeck in September 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio, and the two were married in 1950;
WHEREAS, Maryfrances and her husband also lived in Los Angeles California, St. Louis Missouri, and on two ranches near Tucson, Arizona during the first nine years of their marriage;
WHEREAS, Maryfrances and her four children moved to the Hyde Park neighborhood in 1959 after Bill and his group bought the Chicago White Sox;
WHEREAS, in 1961, Maryfrances and Bill left the Hyde Park neighborhood for Easton, Pennsylvania after Bill sold the White Sox due to health issues; they returned to Hyde Park in 1975 when they bought the ball club a second time;
WHEREAS, Maryfrances and Bill sold the White Sox in 1981 and then purchased a home in Madison Park in the Hyde Park area;
WHEREAS, Maryfrances led a full life raising six children in challenging times, she was awarded Chicago Mother ofthe Year, and also threw herself into her work with volunteer activities that included working at the ballpark every day during the season until the club was sold;
WHEREAS, in addition, Maryfrances hosted a radio show with her husband Bill (Maryfrances & Friend); wrote a monthly column for four years (the Northshore Magazine); served as a Chicago election judge for more than two decades, was a proud Hyde Park Co-op member/volunteer; and for five years taught many adults to read through a program operated by St. Thomas, the Apostle Parish;
WHEREAS, Maryfrances took classes and volunteered in...

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