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  Netsch, Dawn Clark
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NameDawn Clark Netsch
Address1700 N Hudson Ave. Old Town
Chicago, Illinois , United States
Born September 16, 1926
DiedMarch 05, 2013 (86 years)
Last ModifedMr. Matt
Sep 12, 2021 06:30pm
Tags Caucasian - Widowed - ACLU - NOW - Straight -
InfoMrs. Patricia Dawn Clark Netsch

Former Illinois State Comptroller and Gubernatorial candidate Dawn Clark Netsch passed away of complications from ALS – Lou Gehrig's disease on March 5, 2013. A member of the Illinois Constitutional Convention in 1970, she was an Illinois state senator for 18 years representing the 13th and then the 4th district, Dawn was a law professor at Northwestern University School of Law, she coauthored the definitive text on state and local government.

Born Patricia Dawn Clark in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 16, 1926, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, renowned architect, Walter A. Netsch, and her brother W. Keith Clark. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Sachiko Clark of Carson City, NV, nephews Andrew D. (Pamela) Kerr of Wilmette, IL, William S. (Tracy) Kerr III of Topanga, CA, Keith DeWitt Clark and Gregory Joseph Clark of Hyattsville, MD, niece Elizabeth N. Kerr of Mt Prospect, IL, and great nephews Andrew D. (Lindsay) Kerr, Jr., of San Francisco, CA, and Mathias S. Kerr of Chicago.

Dawn was a 1948 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University and graduated first in her class from Northwestern's School of Law in 1952. She worked on the presidential campaigns of Adlai Stevenson II in the 1950's. Remaining in Washington, D.C., she was in private practice before returning to Illinois when she joined the staff of then Gov. Otto Kerner. She was one of the first female law professors in the country, joining the NU law faculty in 1965.

Active as a member of Judicature, she was a trailblazing supporter of human rights, of women's rights, of civil rights and was active in many local, state and national organizations.

She was a decades long fan of the Chicago White Sox baseball team.



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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Apr 09, 2013 05:00pm News Northwestern announces plans to remember Dawn Clark Netsch Saturday  Article COSDem 
Mar 05, 2013 11:40pm General My last dinner with Dawn Clark Netsch   Article COSDem 
Mar 05, 2013 11:00am Editorial Editorial: Thank you, Dawn Clark Netsch   Article COSDem 
Mar 05, 2013 09:00am Obituary Dawn Clark Netsch dies at 86 after Lou Gehrig's battle  Article Thomas Walker 
Jan 16, 2013 10:05pm News Dawn Clark Netsch, icon of Illinois politics, reveals she has Lou Gehrig’s disease  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Mar 21, 2004 12:00am Press Release Hynes Celebrates Women's History Month by Naming Comptroller's Training and Technology Institute in Honor of Dawn Clark Netsch  Article Jason 

Importance? 5.50000 Average

Husband Walter Netsch Oct 19, 1963-Jun 15, 2008

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