Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Father Bob Botthof, teacher who became priest after losing wife, dies at 85 ]]> Lead story image

When Father Bob Botthof introduced his kids to people, they looked confused. Some asked, “What does your mother think about your dad becoming a priest?” Others inquired, “Isn’t that frowned upon by the church?” He’d lived a whole other life before becoming a Roman Catholic priest. Mad about his fellow teacher and wife, Mary Elizabeth, he used to serenade her with “Shall We Dance?” But after losing her to cancer after 23 years of marriage, the father and former U.S. Marine joined the Dominican friars. ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:55:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Enthusiastic student Stan Kij, 25, dies of stomach cancer ]]> Lead story image

Despite his own battle with advanced cancer, Stanislaw “Stan” Kij made it a point to wish other patients well. ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:15:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dr. Lawrence Solomon: Renowned dermatologist, book collector loved a mystery ]]> Lead story image

Dr. Lawrence M. “Larry” Solomon loved a mystery — in medicine and also in fiction. His collection of 6,000 books, many of them featuring Sherlock Holmes, was testament to that. Like Holmes, he’d use his powers of observation to arrive at deductions that dazzled and sometimes confounded patients and other physicians. The former University of Illinois dermatology chief Oct. 8 at his North Shore home. He was 83. ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Legendary fashion  designer  dead at 82 ]]> Lead story image

One of the world’s most legendary fashion designers, Oscar de la Renta, died Monday, report ABC News and Women’s Wear Daily. He was 82. Mr. De la Renta’s health was described earlier this month by the New York Times as “precarious.” He had cancer in 2006, and at his women’s wear show in September looked “frail.” Known for dressing celebrities, stateswomen and fashionistas of all kinds, Mr. de la Renta’s most recent famous moment came when he designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress just last month. But the Dominican Republic-born designer, the only son of seven children in a middle-class household … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:16:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mars Longden, folk dancer, singer, financial planner, dead at 71 ]]> Lead story image

Mars Longden, who died Oct. 4 in Evanston at age 71, worked in for a year as a chemical enginer but hated it. He ended up reinventing his professional identity several times, notably helping develop some of the earliest freeze-dried coffee products before becoming a financial planner. He found pleasure doing international folk-dancing and choral singing. ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:32:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pioneering Argyle Street restaurant owner dies at 92 ]]> Lead story image

Pioneering Argyle Street restaurant owner Frank Ng has died at age 92. He’s said to have opened the first Chinese restaurant on the street on Chicago’s North Side. ]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:34:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sarah Goldberg, Chicago-born actress, dies at 40 ]]> Lead story image

Sarah Goldberg landed her first show business break because of table linens. She helped arrange tablecloths and napkins for “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” the Julia Roberts-Dermot Mulroney movie filmed at the Cuneo mansion in Vernon Hills. Enchanted by the set, she wandered around. A film staffer spotted the glowing brunette and asked, “Do you have a purple formal?” He wanted her to be a wedding scene extra. “She said, ‘No, but I could get one,’ ” said her mother, Judy Goldberg. ]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 02:19:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lou Whitney, ‘elder statesman’ of Midwest rock for many, dies at 72 ]]>

The Missouri musician and studio owner played bass in the Skeletons and the Morells, two beloved garage bands, but he is also remembered as an influential spirit for many of the bands he recorded, mentored, and produced. ]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 23:50:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicagoan Paul Kraus, WWII GI who nabbed ‘most dangerous man in Europe,’ dead at 95 ]]> Lead story image

It was the scar on his cheek that gave away Otto Skorzeny, the Nazi credited with leading a daring raid that whisked dictator Benito Mussolini from mountaintop captivity in Italy during World War II. That, and the keen observational skills of Paul Kraus, an Austrian-born American GI whose Jewish parents and brother perished at Auschwitz. Mr. Kraus sensed the demanding German SS officer in front of him was more than he seemed. ]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:35:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sue Gin dies; chief of airline catering empire, real estate mogul ]]> Lead story image

Sue Gin, who vastly improved the quality of airline food with her company Flying Food Group, died Friday morning. She had suffered a stroke Tuesday. ]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:15:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Evelyn Echols, travel school founder, business pioneer, dead at 99 ]]> Lead story image

Before Orbitz and Expedia, there was Evelyn Echols, who trained tens of thousands of travel agents in the days before the Internet. The pioneering businesswoman and founder of the Echols International Travel and Hotel Schools died Wednesday at her Chicago home. She was 99. ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:22:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Betty Offutt-Wright, city worker and gifted cook, dies at 75 ]]> Lead story image

Betty Offutt-Wright had as many superb recipes as she had elegant hats, dresses, shoes and wigs. She played Motown while she sauteed her holy trinity of onions, garlic and bell peppers to season her cornbread stuffing. Her macaroni and cheese, a velvety fusion of sharp cheddar, eggs and more butter than her family wants to think about, was umami perfection. Mrs. Offutt-Wright worked 30 years for the City of Chicago, making sure vendors were paid in a timely fashion by the Department of Public Health. She also held posts at the Water Department and the Police Department. ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:22:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Howard Stern’s diminutive foil ]]> Lead story image

Eric Lynch landed several TV roles over the years. His credits included “In Plain Sight,” “Fringe” and “American Dream.” ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:28:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Becky Malkovich, 53, journalist, sister of John Malkovich ]]> Lead story image

BENTON, Ill. — Rebecca Jane “Becky” Malkovich, a longtime southern Illinois journalist and the sister of actor John Malkovich, has died. Ms. Malkovich was 53 when she died Monday at St. Louis’ Barnes-Jewish Hospital, five days after suffering a heart attack at her home in Benton, according to The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan, for which she had reported for nearly the past 11 years. Ms. Malkovich became a household name throughout much of southern Illinois, covering everything from court matters to feature stories ranging from a local flower shop’s closure to an 88-year-old skydiving veteran. “Becky’s colleagues at The Southern Illinoisan … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:28:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mike Harari, 87, planned Mossad’s revenge against 1972 Munich Olympic massacre ]]> Lead story image

JERUSALEM — Israeli secret service agent Mike Harari, who played a major role in planning Mossad’s revenge attacks against Palestinian militants implicated in the 1972 Munich massacre of the country’s Olympics team, has died. He was 87. Mr. Harari was also involved in planning Israel’s dramatic rescue of hostages held by militants in Entebbe, Uganda in 1976. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Monday, calling Mr. Harari “one of the great warriors for Israel’s security.” Mr. Harari, who died on Sunday, was best known for his part in planning Mossad’s missions in the aftermath of the Munich attack. The … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:28:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rob Bironas, 36, former NFL kicker ]]> Lead story image

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rob Bironas, who worked his way through odd jobs and the Arena Football League before becoming one of the NFL’s most accurate kickers, died in a car crash. He was 36. The former Tennessee Titans player died Saturday night when he lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11 p.m. less than a mile from home, Metro Nashville Police said. Police said his SUV was speeding when it went off the road and hit a line of trees before coming to a stop upside down in a culvert. Bironas was … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:27:09 -0500