Esteemed Client Turns 100


Barbara Clarke (seated) is pictured together with the Firm’s Diane Keating, Kitty Flanagan of Flanagan Enterprises, and chair of the Firm’s Wealth & Succession Planning Group Mary Kruit McWilliams as they celebrate Barbara’s 100th birthday at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. The only surviving member of her family, Barbara worked as an accountant for a well-known Chicago family and retired in the 1960s. For many years, Barbara could be found volunteering in the greenhouses at the Gardens. In honor of her centennial birthday celebration and her many contributions to the Gardens, Jill A. Corr, Development Officer at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, announced the dedication of a Redbud Tree in Barbara’s honor and presented her with a color picture of the tree in bloom as well as with a Chicago Botanic Gardens coffee table book. Barbara also received a framed congratulatory letter from Chicago Mayor Rahn Emmanuel, and an alumnus medallion and letter as the oldest living alum of Lakewood High School, of Lakewood, Ohio. Patty Shanahan, Associate Vice President of the Chicago Botanic Gardens, commented: “You and your law firm just went from advising, to loving.”  

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