Eugene “Gene” Frank Sikorovsky, a retired general counsel, accomplished violinist and supporter of many non-profit and community endeavors, died at his home in Lake Forest on September 30.
He was 90.
Born in Jackson, Michigan, Sikorovsky earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, where he served as president of the Michigan (student) Union. While attending Harvard Law School (Class of ’51), he met his future wife, Patricia O’Byrne. They got married in 1953.
Following his military duty — U.S. Naval Reserve, active duty lieutenant, stationed in Quonset Point, Rhode Island — Gene and Pat moved to New York City, where Gene joined the law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel and practiced securities and banking law. He became a partner in 1964.
The couple moved to the Chicago area in 1977. Gene worked as vice president, general counsel for Gould, Inc. in Rolling Meadows. He later joined Bell & Howell Company, serving as senior vice president, general counsel and director until his retirement.
He was a member of the New York and Illinois bars and bars of federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Among Gene’s many commitments to support those in need were those involving the Gateway Foundation, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Lake County, Presbyterian Homes, Career Resource Center in Lake Forest and Bravo Waukegan.
He served on the Lake Forest Board of Education. At The Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, Mr. Sikorovsky was a vestryman and longtime choir member.
Eugene is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patricia O’Byrne Sikorovsky; their five children: Paul Sikorovsky, Charles Sikorovsky, Catherine Lachenauer, Elizabeth Sikorovsky and Emily DiMiceli; sons-in-law Robert Lachenauer and Joseph DiMiceli; and grandchildren Alexandra, Rebecca, Anna, Elena, Sophia, Julia and Elisa; and brother Edmond Sikorovsky.
A memorial service was held on October 6 at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest on October 6. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be deeply appreciated by The Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster Road, Lake Forest, IL, 60045, and by Bravo Waukegan (www.bravowaukegan.org).
Information provided by Wenban Funeral Home.