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Ronald “Max” Weismann passed away on February 22, 2017. Beloved husband, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Elaine, of 48 years and half-sister, Arlene. He was a true Renaissance Man: Philosopher-at-Large, Publisher (“How to Think about the Great Ideas”) Architect, and Entrepreneur. He was co- Founder and President of the Center for the Study of the Great Ideas with philosopher and colleague, Mortimer J. Adler. He built the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois and built numerous World’s Fairs and exhibits from Seattle to New York to Montreal, Canada, and he established the Coloron Corporation inventing a revolutionary and proprietary, short-run printing system that has been used in advertising and businesses globally. The Center continues to thrive around the world, the Garden is flourishing with countless visitors and his ideas for living a good life continue to influence, inspire and educate with his mantra, “Philosophy is Everybody’s Business”. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church, 1424 N. Dearborn, Chicago on Saturday, May 6, at 3:00 PM. Reception to follow. Donations can be made at the Center for the Study of the Great Ideas website (not-for-profit). Sign guestbook at chicagotribune.com/obituaries.



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