Richard Lyon Horwitz (1947-1990) was the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy's first legal counsel, serving in this capacity from 1985 until his death from Cancer in 1990. Horwitz played a critical leadership role in establishing the Academy and guiding it through its early years.
He also helped establish the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education and supported it through generous personal gifts and enthusiastic service as chariman of special fundraising events. After his death, an endowment fund was established by his family and friends; contributions support the annual Richard L. Horwitz Lecture on Ethics.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois Law School, Horwitz served four years in the U. S. Marine Corps as a military captain, lawyer and judge. Later, he and two associates formed the Aurora and Geneva law firm of Drendel, Schanlaber, Horwitz, Tatnall, and McCracken (Incorporated 1981-1993). Horwitz specialized in corporate litigation and education, government and banking law - topics on which he was a frequent writer and speaker.
Horwitz was active in local politics, served as legal counsel for the Aurora East School District #131, and served on numerous boards of directors in the Aurora community. He was highly respected for his professional contributions, integrity, courage and devotion to his wife and four children.
In an editorial tribute, The Beacon-News wrote: "Yes, the community all-too-soon has lost the services of Richard Horwitz, but the fruits of his unwavering spirit will long live on in the eyes and hearts and minds of those who benefit from what he helped create. No more worthy measure could there be of any human soul."
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