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In Memoriam – Robert (Bud) Lifton

In Memoriam – Robert (Bud) Lifton

Spertus Institute mourns the loss of our longtime trustee Robert ‘Bud’ Lifton. For decades, Bud served Spertus with devotion and commitment. His leadership across the Chicago community was wide-ranging, heartfelt, impressive, and enduring. He will be missed here at Spertus and far beyond.

In a profile by Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), Bud was described as a shining example of a successful corporate executive who has made a second career of public interest work, using his considerable expertise and experience to strengthen nonprofits. A lifelong civic activist, he led and supported nonprofits working to improve human rights, education, and social and economic opportunity in and beyond the Chicago region.The retired Chairman and CEO of American Printers and Lithographers, was affiliated with BPI, Shore Bank Corporation, Chicago Public Radio WBEZ, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, the University of Chicago’s Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies Visiting Committee, Chapin Hall Center for Children, and the New Israel Fund. He was also President of the Albert Pick Jr. Fund. In addition to his many board memberships, Bud served as a mentor at the Harris Graduate School for Public Policy Studies and a tutor for Chicago grade school students.

Here's an audio clip about Bud from our colleagues at WBEZ, where he also was a longtime trustee.

Our thoughts go out to Bud's wife Carol, his family, and friends.

Sunday, July 31, 2016


Robert (Bud) Lifton

Robert "Bud" Lifton passed away peacefully at home on July 29. He was the loving husband of Carol Rosofsky, father of Amy Lifton, David Lifton (deceased) and his wife Beverly Wong, Julie Lifton and her partner Betty Smith, Emily Lifton and her husband Bill Herman, Steven Rosofsky, Amy Rosofsky, and Rebecca Rosofsky Ryan. Grandfather of Jessica Moss and her husband Kavi Gupta, Daniel Moss, Claudia Lifton, Charlie Snyder, Tika Lifton-Herman, Anyi Wong-Lifton, Rose Ryan, Daniel Ryan, and Madeline Rosofsky. Great-grandfather of Lila Gupta. Brother of Gladys Wolff, uncle of Jan Wolff Bensdorf and her husband Jim, and Eric Wolff and his wife Dorothy. 

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on July 31, 2016