CHICAGO, Jan. 1, 2015 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ — Jerome H. Stone, businessman, philanthropist, founding president and honorary chair of the Alzheimer’s Association, died on January 1, 2015 in Chicago. Stone was 101-years old and lived an active and full life, splitting his time between Chicago and Palm Desert, California.
“We deeply mourn the loss of Jerry Stone. He was a visionary leader who shaped the Alzheimer’s Association and its mission through his character and commitment,” said Harry Johns, president and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association. “His passion to change the course of Alzheimer’s disease was inspiring from the start and galvanized community caregivers, people with the disease, researchers and advocates that the Alzheimer’s Association continues to work on behalf of and with today.”
Stone’s legacy is one of industry, family and philanthropy – especially in Chicago. Throughout the years, he helped build Stone Container Corporation into a multi-billion dollar firm, was chairman of Roosevelt University’s Board of Trustees for 15 years, helped select the site for Chicago’s main library, was a co-founder of the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Group and was responsible for raising most of the $72 million the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago received to construct a building seven times larger than its previous facility. At the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street, not far from the location of the former Stone Container building in downtown Chicago, people are continually reminded of everything Stone has done for his city: In 2001, the City of Chicago hung a street sign proclaiming the intersection as Honorary Jerome H. Stone Way.