June 12, 1997
Vol. 16, No. 19

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    Two Chicago business leaders elected to Board

    The top executives of two Chicago firms have been elected to the University's Board of Trustees.

    E. David Coolidge III, chief executive officer of William Blair & Co., and Anthony Dean, president and chief operating officer of the John Nuveen Co., joined the board this month.

    Coolidge began his career with William Blair & Co. as an associate 28 years ago, rising through the ranks to manager of corporate finance in 1977 and to CEO in 1995. He received his A.B. from Williams College in 1965 and his M.B.A. from Harvard in 1967. He was in the Peace Corps, stationed in Columbia, before joining William Blair & Co. in 1969.

    In addition to his involvement with the University, Blair is a trustee of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's and Rush North Shore Medical Center and on the board of directors for the Better Government Association and Youth Guidance. He is also a director of the Pittway Corporation.

    He resides in Kenilworth, Ill., with his wife, Constance Coolidge (M.B.A.'71).

    Dean joined the John Nuveen Co. in 1976, becoming executive vice president in 1989 and president and chief operating officer in 1996. He received his A.B. in 1967 from Yale, and then attended the Law School.

    From 1973 to 1976, Dean was director of the State of Illinois Department of Conservation. He has maintained his involvement in ecological conservation as a director of the Openlands Project.

    Dean has been a member of the Visiting Committee to the Humanities Division since 1989. He is also a member of the Visiting Committee to the Oriental Institute, as is his wife, Lawrie Dean (A.M.'68), who is a member of the Women's Board and the Visiting Committee to the Library. The Deans are residents of Long Grove, Ill.

    Dean is also a director of the Illinois Humanities Council, a trustee and annual fund chairman of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and co-chairman and president of the American Friends of Les Arts Florissants.