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In Memory


Judd Weinberg

Judd Weinberg, a Northwestern life trustee, longtime benefactor and alumnus of Northwestern’s School of Commerce (now Kellogg), passed away on February 20, 2020, at age 93. He helped globalize D. Gottlieb & Co., the family business founded by the father of his late wife Marjorie — who also attended Northwestern — in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s as a market leader in the technology of non-gambling pinball machines. After selling the company to Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. in 1976, he became a consultant and board member for the movie company. He also served as chairman of the executive committee of the financial services firm he founded, Judd Enterprises.

The Weinberg family has generously supported Northwestern, including a 1998 gift to the College of Arts and Sciences, which was named in honor of Judd and Marjorie. Notably, Judd’s son, David, is a university trustee, a former vice chair of the Board of Trustees and member of the Weinberg College Board of Visitors. Judd is survived by three sons, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. For more information, visit


Edwin C. “Skip” Gage

Edwin C. “Skip” Gage died February 26 at age 79. Skip earned his undergraduate degree from Kellogg in 1963 and a graduate degree from Medill in 1965. At Northwestern, he met fellow student, Barbara Carlson, who became his wife.

Skip began his career at Foote, Cone and Belding. He then worked with his father- in-law, Curt Carlson, at the Gold Bond Stamp Company in Minneapolis. Skip built what became the Carlson Marketing Group, ultimately becoming CEO in 1989. Subsequently, he built the Gage Marketing Group, named the top sales- promotion agency in America by Advertising Ageone year after its founding. Skip was a dedicated philanthropist and served on Kellogg’s Global Advisory Board for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, four children and 10 grandchildren.


Peter Ramsey

Peter Michael "Mick" Ramsey died April 13, 2019, at his home in Sonoma, Calif. He was born in Norwalk, Conn., in 1943. He graduated from Colorado College in 1965 and received an MBA from Northwestern University in 1967. He began a career for Flexible Steel Lacing Co. and rose through the ranks to become president, CEO and chairman of the board, while expanding the international focus of the company. He is survived by his wife of 52 years and his three children.


Markus Jaeger

Markus Jaeger passed away recently in his home city of Basel, Switzerland. Mark had great intellect, judgment, tact, positivity and humor. He succeeded with class and ease throughout a career in architecture, real estate, finance and consulting. Those who worked with him learned from him. He will be sorely missed by his wife, Christa, their four children and two grandchildren, and his many friends.


Paul Dolak

Paul Martin Dolak passed away on October 7, 2019, in San Francisco at the age of 58. He worked for the City of Chicago Department of Aviation and relocated to San Francisco in 1998, working as an independent contractor in the business and tech industries in both San Francisco and New York. Paul led an active life of travel and will be remembered as a musician of rare talent. He was a creative soul who had an excellent sense of humor, which will be greatly missed by his father, stepmother, three sisters, two brothers, two nieces, nephew and a host of family and friends.


Eugene Lerner

Eugene Max Lerner, PhD, passed away on February 21, 2020, at age 91. He was a professor emeritus of finance at Kellogg and executive chairman of The Lerner Group at HighTower. Previously, he served on the board of governors of the Chicago Stock Exchange, was president of his own investment advisory firm, Disciplined Investment Advisors, and held several positions at Morgan Stanley. Before joining Kellogg in 1966, he taught at New York University, CCNY and UCLA.

He also served as a senior economist to the Banking and Currency Committee of the House of Representatives and was an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Eugene is survived by his three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandsons.


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