In Memoriam

In the last year and a half, Community Renewal Society has lost two great supporters and advocates of our work: John D. Purdy Sr. and Mrs. Ruth Davee.

Mr. John Purdy Sr.

Community Renewal Society lost a valuable friend in John Purdy Sr. In 1962, John joined the staff of what was then known as the Chicago City Missionary Society as the director of development.  In this position he was responsible for fundraising, publicity and the recruitment of  volunteers to assist the Chicago City Missionary Society in its work.  As a successful fundraiser, John not only raised money for Community Renewal Society, but he also persuaded Chicago’s most influential civic and corporate leaders to become involved with our important work.

Following in his father’s footsteps, John Purdy Jr. became involved with Community Renewal Society and has served on the Board of Directors for many years. Since December 2008, John Jr. has served as president of the Board of Directors.

Mrs. Ruth Davee
For more than 13 years, Mrs. Davee had been a valuable contributor and supporter of the work of Community Renewal Society.  As the former education writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, the education of Chicago’s children was of the utmost importance to her, and it received her lifelong dedication and commitment.  The founding publisher of Catalyst Chicago, Linda Lenz, who continues at the helm of the magazine, also held the position of education writer at the Chicago Sun-Times.  Our relationship with Mrs. Davee goes back many, many years and we will miss her dearly.

Through their support and partnership, Community Renewal Society remains at the forefront of advocating for racial equality and social justice in Chicago.

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