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Clyde Waltz Reighard

March 21, 1929 — April 18, 2016

Clyde W. Reighard, a retired bank executive, died in his sleep on April 18th, 2016. He was 87 years old. Clyde was born in Williamsport, PA, where he spent his youth. After graduating high school he was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Pennsylvania. His undergraduate education was interrupted for two years when he served in the army attaining the rank of Warrant Officer during the Korean War. After his military service he returned to Penn and finished his degree in Economics. While working for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, he went on to earn his MBA with distinction from the Wharton School also at the U. of Pennsylvania. Following graduation in 1955 he married Louise Richardson Kirk with whom he shared 60 wonderful years and had three children. That same year he joined the Northern Trust Co. where he worked until his retirement in 1992. He held a number of senior management positions at Northern Trust including Director of Human Resources, Head of International Banking and Executive Vice-President/Chairman of Credit Policy. At the time of his retirement CEO David W. Fox said “Clyde has brought to every position he has held at Northern a unique combination of skill, dedication, and vision.” Clyde cared deeply about his community and volunteered his time and skills freely, serving many professional organizations and charitable and community causes. Most notably he served as Trustee of the Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo) for 22 years, and as its Chairman from 1993-1999. He was a Life Trustee at the time of his death. He also served as President of Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, IL, President of Eagles Mere Country Club and Chairman of the Eagles Mere friends of the arts. Clyde loved the outdoors and was an avid fly fisherman and bird hunter. He and Louise particularly loved returning to Pennsylvania where they had a summer home in Eagles Mere, a place the family has lived and vacationed for six generations counting their grandchildren. Clyde and Louise also enjoyed extensive travels both when Clyde ran International Banking at Northern and during retirement. His travels took him to 87 different countries around the world. Clyde adored his family, was loving, generous and took great pleasure in attending grandchildren’s school and athletic events. In addition to his wife, Louise, he is survived by sons Scott and Alan (Suzy), daughter Barbara, and eight grandchildren: Scott’s children (Charlie, Jackson, Nicholas, and Elizabeth) and Alan’s children (Alison, Heidi, Lauren, and Wolfgang). Memorial Services will be held Saturday April 30, 11:00 at The Church of the Holy Comforter, 222 Kenilworth Ave. Kenilworth IL 60043 In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to an Eagles Mere Charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614 To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Clyde Waltz Reighard, please visit our flower store.


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