Walter Nathan

August 13, 1923 - November 24, 2018 

Walter Nathan

August 13, 1923 - November 24, 2018 

Obituary for Walter Nathan

Walter Nathan, 95, adored patriarch of a large family that surrounded him with love every day. He was Founder and Chairman of RTC Industries which he passionately built into a global business, and today has 28 facilities worldwide. He was a long-time national leader of the American Jewish Committee, a Trustee at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), his alma mater, where he was a Director of the Institute of Design. He served on the Board at the Chicago Lighthouse and was a committed supporter of The Leo Baeck Institute. Walter was an avid sailor and served honorably in the United States Navy during WW II. Walter Nathan was born in Frankfurt, Germany on August 13, 1923. He studied in Belgium as a child and immigrated to Chicago, the city he loved, in 1938; beloved husband for 68 years of Ann, nee Cole; loving father of Susan (Dr. Steven) Sholl, Richard (Anne) Nathan, Nina (Steve) Schroeder, and Betsy (Daniel Goldberg) Nathan; adored grandpa of Dr. Ben (Alida), Mollie, Henry, Andrew, Tom, Will, Billy, Johnny, Peter, Lily, Jack, Levi, Charlie, and Nate; dear brother-in-law of Lou Cole and David Cole; cherished uncle of Jim (Maryjo) Nathan, Jacqui (Kay Chapman) Nathan, Lisa Nathan and guiding light to all other cherished family members and friends. Memorial Service Monday, November 26, 2018 at 12 Noon, Am Shalom, 840 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe. The family will be receiving condolences immediately following the service at Am Shalom. In lieu of flowers, contributions to IIT’s Institute of Design, www.id.iit.edu, American Jewish Committee, www.ajc.org, Leo Baeck Institute, www.lbi.org or Chicago Lighthouse, www.chicagolighthouse.org. Info: The Goldman Funeral Group, www.goldmanfuneralgroup.com (847) 478-1600.

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