Alan Rauh Orschel
February 18, 1939 – June 1, 2020
Alan Rauh Orschel was born in Chicago February 18, 1939 to Peggy Rauh and Albert K. Orschel. He attended The Latin School of Chicago graduating Cum Laude and served as Editor of the Yearbook. He went on to Dartmouth College graduating with honors with a major in government. Alan came back to Chicago for law school at the University of Chicago Law School. He had a Clerkship with Judge Joseph Drucker on the Illinois Appellate Court. He joined the firm of Crowley, Barrett and Karaba in Chicago retiring in 2007.
Alan was married to Nora Mitchell and they had two sons: Bradley (Sarah Hilleren and grandson Daniel) and Jeffrey (Lisa Rose and grandson Jackson). Alan’s sister Lynn Orschel of Chicago remained an important and loved person in his life. On his retirement he arranged trips to the West via Amtrak with his brothers-in-law and a few good friends.
Alan was a loyal alumnus. He attended reunions and worked for his college and law school. He took pride in the accomplishments of his Dartmouth 1961 classmates who were noted in the paper for government positions, ambassadorships or a published book. He was a loyal fundraiser for his class. He took on the job of Editor for the 25h reunion yearbook. Alan thought outside the box in both his life and law career; in an attempt to get everybody’s information for the yearbook, he sent out a blank page with the errant classmate’s name saying: This is how your page will look if you don’t send in your material! Packages began arriving in a rush covering the dining room table in Wilmette. Alan served an elected class representative term at Dartmouth and also was a member of the Dartmouth Lawyers Association. He could find a lawyer in towns across the country. He loved his college.
At the University of Chicago Alan found ways to give back; he served as class president and introduced the speakers at the Law School lunches that met in the Chicago loop for many years.
Alan was a member of the Economics Club of Chicago and a charter and 50-year member of the Midday Club (now defunct). He was a member and served as President of the Bureau on Jewish Employment Problems (BJEP). He was a board member at St Francis Xavier School in Wilmette where his sons attended, and ultimately the board President.
Alan loved Chicago. He knew all the buildings downtown and their history; he knew the streets of Chicago; he knew many people walking them. He was a true Chicagoan.
Services are pending and will be at a later date. Contributions in Alan’s name may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation Greater Illinois Chapter, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800 Miami, FL 33131
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Alan Rauh Orschel
June 12, 2020
Alan was my best friend in law school, and we remained close friends for the rest of our lives. I have so many wonderful memories. To mention two of my favorites, just before our final year, we drove to Nova Scotia and New England with another classmate. We played golf in Yarmouth (not very well) and at Dartmouth (seriously not very well). We stopped at the lighthouse at Peggy's Cove. We visited Frank Grazioso in New Haven and had an unforgettable Italian dinner. Some years later, Alan joined Maria and me for a New England vacation. We have a photo of him holding our then two-year-old daughter Norah on his shoulders at our lodge on Lake Sunapee, NH. We had so many good times together. Alan was a wonderful person in every way. I was fortunate to have been his close friend for all these years. I miss him. -- Don Shire
June 8, 2020
Alan was one of my dearest and closest friends, colleague, and client. He and I co-counseled on several matters. We knew, and worked with each other, for over 30 years. Without a doubt, Alan was a brilliant lawyer of the highest integrity. His passing is a loss to me. His gift to all those who came into contact with him was himself. It would be hard to know a better person.
Frank M. Grazioso
June 7, 2020
TO NORA, BRADLEY AND JEFFREY AND LYNN
WE ARE SADDENED TO LEARN OF ALAN'S PASSING. HE WAS FRANK'S CLOSEST LAW SCHOOL CLASSMATE, A KIND AND THOUGHTFUL MAN. HE AND HIS FAMILY KINDLY OFFERED ME A PLACE TO LIVE WITH THEM FOR MANY MONTHS DURING MY YEARS IN CHICAGO. MORE LIKE A BROTHER, AND HIS FAMILY WAS LIKE MY OWN . HE WAS IN OUR WEDDING PARTY AND AFTER HIS MARRIAGE
WE BECAME FRIENDS WITH NORA AND THEIR SONS. WE PRAY THAT YOU ALL WILL BE BLESSED WITH PEACE AND THE COMFORT OF KNOWING HE IS FREE FROM THE PAIN OF HIS ILLNESS
FRANK AND MARY GRAZIOSO
June 3, 2020
Dear Lynn, I was very saddened to hear about the loss of your beloved brother (Terry Tourine shared the sad news) and I wanted to send my thoughts, prayers and condolences to you during this very difficult time. Know that I think fondly of you often as I remember and really appreciate how kind, supportive and thoughtful you were to me at Children's. I do hope that your loving memories of your brother will bring you some level of comfort and peace. With deepest sympathy, Sherry