Ritchie, 79, of Chicago and Chesterton, died on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at
the hospice unit of the Rush Medical Center in Chicago.
Tim was born on
March 23, 1938, in St. Paul, Minn., to Dr. Wallace P. Ritchie and Alice Otis
He graduated from
the St. Paul Academy in 1956 and received his BA degree from Yale University
in 1960 and his JD degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1963.
He joined the Legal
Department of the Northern Trust Bank in April 1964 and had a distinguished
career spanning 34 years in tax law and estate planning. He became Trust
Counsel in 1982 and Associate General Counsel in 1994. In 1997 he was
awarded the Austin Fleming Distinguished Service Award by the Chicago Estate
Planning Council for his significant contributions to estate planning
practice. Tim also prided himself as a member of the chorus line in the
Chicago Bar Association annual Bar Show for many years.
Tim had a passion
for the natural environment and especially lakeshore protection and
preservation, reinforced by his residence in Dune Acres, on the shores of
Lake Michigan and his beloved summer cabin on the North Shore of Lake
Superior in Minnesota. Following his retirement from the Northern Trust in
1998, he joined the Board of Openlands, the noted Chicago area organization
dedicated to protecting the natural and open spaces of the region. He
retired as Vice Board Chair after almost 20 years on the Board. He also
served nine years on the Board of the Nature Conservancy of Indiana. His
colleagues at both organizations praised his passion, energy, wisdom,
kindness, humor, and generosity.
Tim loved travel,
opera, reading, hiking, golf, and the daily crossword puzzle of multiple
newspapers. He was a patron of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Santa Fe
Opera, and the Chicago Symphony.
He was preceded in
death by his parents and his partner of 45 years, Richard Brannan. He is
survived by his brothers Dr. Wallace P. Ritchie, Jr. of Minneapolis, Minn.,
and Daniel G. Ritchie and sister-in-law Alicia S. Ritchie of Washington,
D.C., five nephews and nieces, and seven grand-nephews and nieces.
A gathering of
remembrance will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16, 2017, at the University
Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe St. in Chicago.
Tim's name may be made to Openlands (