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  1. Mr. McMahon also painted my favorite depiction of the Lake Forest Day Parade. He captured Market Square and the spirit of the day beautifully. We have a copy hanging in our Conference Room.

  2. We wil be out of town, Jan Miller and I, by March 10 for Lake Forest College’s “spring break,” so I take this opportunity to mourn the loss of and sing praises of the life of Franklin McMahon. I think of him as part of Frank and Irene, his sterling other half who preceded him by too much time. But Franklin was an epic Chicago and Lake Forest artist, humanitarian, spiritual example, supporter of artists starting in his children, preservationist and all-around great man. Through his distinctive style of drawing and art he recounted the most significant events of the Civil Rights movement from Emmet Till to the Selma March several years later. He opened the window on court cases and great Church rituals, places that cameras couldn’t go. He and the late Irene helped countless organizations, including Lake Forest College and Ragdale. Indeed, one print of his of Solti’s CSO tour in the 1970s is hung just outside the LF college president’s office, a gift from the family of Marion Lloyd (I think the Lloyds are in it). Another print of Victor Aitay leading the LF Symphony at Deerpath School on a Fourth of July hangs in the place of honor in our living room on Wildwood Road. Lake forest has lost one of its most versatile and memorable saints and his memory will be reverberate into the 22nd C. His old St. Pats stations of the cross, too, will guide future generations. Our thoughts and prayers are with the beautiful McMahon clan.

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