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In Memoriam: Richard Eastline

05 May 2023 1:58 PM | Laura Stigler (Administrator)

With sadness, Independent Writers of Chicago acknowledges the passing of legendary IWOC member Richard Eastline. A member of IWOC for decades, Richard serve the group in many capacities, including as a long-time board member and unofficial photographer.

96 years young at the time of his passing, Eastline was known for regaling members about his career in advertising, which launched in June of 1950 and spanned the industry's classic "Mad Men" era.

In his energetic 20s, Richard would cab to Chicago's Northwestern Station on a Sunday evening, leap into a berth on the overnight Empire Builder and wake refreshed in the Twin Cities the next morning for his 9 a.m. client meeting. A patron of the arts, Eastline also served for many years in The Cliff Dwellers, a private club for members who are professionally engaged in the major arts or one of the allied arts.

We'll miss you Richard. Rest in peace and thanks for all you gave to IWOC.

-- Jeff Steele

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