Jack L Karp

June 16, 1936July 22, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Weinstein Funeral Home, Wilmette, Wilmette, IL.


Jack L Karp

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August 10, 2016

Betsy and family,

Please know that my love, thoughts and sympathy are with you all. Jack was quite a PERSON. I have a wonderful memory of him which endeared him to me deeply. Sometime ago, my daughter Samantha and I met you and Jack at the Fine Arts Theater. You were kind enough to give us a ride home. Sam mentioned her interest in philosophy to Jack. With in the week Jack mailed Sam a philosophy book. Wow, what an incredibly kind and thoughtful act. For that, I have always thought more than you can know about him.You are all special folks to me.

Look forward to seeing you for happier occasions.

So much love,

Ina Burd

August 4, 2016

I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was such a pleasure to work with. Such a gentleman always, kind and very funny. I am so lucky to recently have had lunch with him. A real treat to talk with him always. My condolence to you all.
Lynn Scharaga
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Eric Suhler

August 2, 2016

Dear Betsy and family-
I was very sad to hear of Jack's passing.
I will always remember the brief time we have spent with the two of you when you visited Jeremy, Sandy, and your grandchildren here in Portland, including a very lovely Passover. I remember Jack for his kind and welcoming nature to our family and his great and wide-ranging intellectual curiosity which led to many enjoyable conversations. May his memory be a blessing to you all.
Sincerely, the Suhlers

Roberta Barron

July 31, 2016

Dear Betsy,

Jack was a brilliant and talented individual. His astute insights
and sense of humor were readily
apparent. Our heartfelt sympathy
to you and the family.
Roberta and Hal Barron

July 29, 2016

Betsy and family, I too am saddened by Jack's passing. He will always be remembered for his whit and wisdom, even as an undergrad at ZBT, Cornell. He led his life with style and zest. His memories will live on Buzz Ruttenberg

Tad Brennan

July 28, 2016

I have just learned of Jack's death, and I am deeply saddened. I am a professor of Philosophy and Classics at Jack's alma mater, Cornell. I met Jack a few times and corresponded with him, and I can only add to the wonderful tributes that I have read above. He was indeed a gentleman and a scholar, and a man of endless intellectual energy and curiosity.

Some years ago, he established the Joseph and Eva Karp Fund--in his parents' names, characteristically, not in his own--for the support and development of the study of Ancient Greek Philosophy at Cornell. We have used his money to train undergraduates and grad students in the Classics and in Philosophy so that they can read and understand Plato, Aristotle, and the other great pillars of our civilization.

I wrote Jack reports about the activities that his gifts made possible at Cornell, and I always looked forward to his replies. I always thought about him when we were considering turning to the Karp Fund to support a program, asking myself: "how does this support Jack's vision? How does this advance his goals of making the world a better place through the teaching of Greek Philosophy?" I hope I can say that we have used his gifts wisely, and will continue to use them wisely in the future.

The Ancient Philosophy Program at Cornell is proud to have had Jack's support and encouragement. Proud to have worked with him in advancing the training of new generations of scholars. Proud that he believed in the importance of what we teach. And honored to have been associated with the name of Jack Karp.

sincerely, Tad Brennan
Professor of Philosophy and Classics
Cornell University

Christian De Vos

July 28, 2016

Dear Betsy, family and friends of Jack
I had the opportunity to work with Jack for several years when I was the dean of the school of Culinary Arts at Kendall College. He had great respect for our industry, for the craft and the business and wanted to be sure that we train cooks, bakers, restaurateurs who had passion and compassion like himself. In those days the college was struggling with major decisions and a further move to Chicago, Jack was a great listener and adviser. He lived the dash fully. Thank you to share him with many of us

Leslie Ann Bodell

July 28, 2016

Dearest Betsy,

Please accept my most heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
You and Jack spread so much happiness
to everyone who was fortunate to be
in your company.
I know he will be greatly missed.



July 27, 2016

Dear Betsy,

I was unable to sign the guestbook today but want to express my admiration for Jack and tell you how much he is missed by all of us from the Tertulia. He was a real presence whom we have sorely missed in the last years. His knowledge, joy in learning and sharing with us was truly unique

Ann Mallow

Patricia Aaron

July 27, 2016

Dear Betsy and family...
I send my deepest sympathy to you all.
Jack was indeed a very special person.
I know you will hold wonderful memories in your minds and hearts.
Warmest wishes,
Pat Aaron