Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Eugene M. Lerner

October 19, 1928 - February 21, 2020


Date and Time

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077


Rabbi Michael Weinberg
Temple Beth Israel


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Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
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Wheeling, Illinois 60090

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Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076
600 Academy Drive, Suite 130
Northbrook, IL 60062


Eugene Max Lerner, PhD, died peacefully at home with his family on Friday, February 21st at the age of 91. He was a Professor Emeritus of Finance at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the Executive Chairman of The Lerner Group at HighTower. Previously, he was a Director of Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He also served on the Board of Governors of the Chicago Stock Exchange, was President of his own investment advisory firm, Disciplined Investment Advisors, for over 20 years, and Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley. Before joining Kellogg in 1966, he served on the faculty of the graduate business school at New York University, CCNY and UCLA. He also served as a Senior Economist to the Banking and Currency Committee of the House of Representatives, was an Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He received his BA and MA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago with Dr. Milton Friedman. He is survived by his children Susan Cohn (James Cohn), Laura Lerner, and Dean Lerner (Susan Lerner); his grandchildren Aaron Cohn, (Sarah Cohn), Lee Cohn, Anne Lerner and Sarah Lerner; and his great grandsons Samuel Cohn and Jonah Cohn. The service will be held at the Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie at 1PM on Sunday, February 21. Interment Shalom. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth Israel, or Keshet, Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Jerry Schur

I was so sorry to hear about Gene's passing. I was President of AZA, Milwaukee 39 just before him. For a year or 2 Gene, his brother George and I were at the U of Wisconsin together. Later we both lived in Mission Hills and he would swim while I was working out in the clubhouse there. He was a remarkable success story. May his memory be for a blessing.

Gene Lindow

I was blessed to have Dr & Dr. Lerner in my life, long before he guided me with his financial guru insight. I remember being with him with our family for Rosh Hashanah around the table sharing stories. My favorite time was enjoying his time on two fishing excursions--one with my family in Arkansas the other in Elgin at the retreat. He made fishing look so easy and was always encouraging me even though I was not able to catch but blue gills-LOL! Eugene was a great man, mentor and so down to earth--in yiddush we say HAMASH--BUT want to add some humor--After all his countless letters of financial advice or with his talks I always had to ask him--can you simplify it for my simple mind. His letters for me ended with stay the course and have faith--go with the ups and downs with life (beyond the stock market), don't panic and in the end it will be OK. Dr. Lerner made a difference and the world was better because of him. Thank you to the family for sharing him with us.
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