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The Adler School Community Mourns, Celebrates the Life of Board Trustee
 Ralph DeWitt 11.01.12
The Adler School Community Mourns, Celebrates the Life of Board Trustee
Ralph DeWitt
11.01.12

The Adler School community mourns the loss and celebrates the life of Ralph DeWitt, a School Trustee and valued friend to many, who passed away October 28.

Mr. DeWitt joined the Adler School community in 2009 as a member of the Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Board that worked with the School to develop and launch an ambitious five-year plan through 2015 for the School’s continued robust growth, sustained academic quality, and innovation.

In addition to his service with the Adler School, Mr. DeWitt was the Manager of the Village of Homewood, a position to which he was appointed in 2011. He began his career as a Chicago police officer in 1971, rising through the ranks from patrolman to commanding officer before joining the Cook County State’s Attorney Office. In 1991, he was named Deputy Chief of the Office’s Investigations Bureau. In 2008, he became Chief of the Bureau, the first African-American to hold the position. 

“Ralph brought excellence, care, and humor to his every endeavor—with us at the School, with his family, and in his public service,” said Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., President of the Adler School. “We convey our sorrow and condolences to all who loved him and to all those he loved.”

Please click here to read an obituary for Mr. Dewitt. At the request of his family, Dr. Crossman will speak with others in tribute to Mr. Dewitt’s service to community at a memorial service on Nov. 10.  

The Adler School is honored and humbled that the family of Ralph DeWitt has designated the Adler School as one of two recipients for memorial donations in lieu of flowers. Donations may be made at adler.edu/giving. Please indicate the gift is in memory of Ralph DeWitt. For more information, contact Anthony C. Chimera, Vice President for Institutional Advancement.