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Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Ronald Frederick Berliant


Interment - Private

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Memorial Contributions

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
150 North Michigan Avenue, Unit 600
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Habitat for Humanity
1100 West Cermak Road, Suite 404
Chicago, Illinois 60608
International Rescue Committee
122 East 42nd Street
New York, New York 10168-1289
Save the Children
501 Kings Highway East, Suite 400
Fairfield, Connecticut 06825
226 Causeway Street, 5th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2206
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
70 East Lake Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601


Ronald Berliant, age 88.

For almost 64 years, he was the great love of her life for his wife Sandy, nee Lerner. Adored father of Jordan and Tracy, Alan and Ranee, and Leslie and Chris. Fun and loved grandfather of Adina, Dylan, and Rachael. Dear friend and brother of Ken and his wife Esther, and his sister-in-law Mickey. Special and admired uncle of Marcus, Ardath, Sharon, Shana, Joan, Linda, Bruce, Steven, and all of their partners and children.

Ron was a graduate of the University of Illinois, with a degree in geology. After serving in the armed forces in Germany, he began his career as a civil engineer. He was a partner at Mirza Engineering, and later joined Homart Development Corporation and General Growth Properties as VP of Design & Construction (which he humorously referred to as the “Malling of America”). Among the boards he served on, Ron was a past president of ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers). He failed retirement and after a very brief respite, Ron returned to work consulting for firms including the Greeby Companies and Miller Capital Advisory. He worked well into his 80s, much to the chagrin of his family and the delight of his clients. He taught geology at Chicago City College, and was mentor and friend to many of his colleagues.

Ron was a lifelong supporter of social justice and progressive causes, a lover of music, art, theatre, and travel, and a devoted fan of the Chicago White Sox. He stood in awe of nature and the universe. He died as he lived; with grace, dignity, and love. He will be missed by all who knew him but left a legacy of kindness.

In lieu of flowers and sad songs, memorial contributions made to any of the following organizations would be greatly appreciated: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 150 N Michigan Ave #600, Chicago, IL 6060, or Habitat for Humanity, 1100 W Cermak Rd Ste. 404, Chicago, IL 60608, or International Rescue Committee, 122 East 42nd Street, New York, New York 10168-1289, or Save the Children, 501 Kings Highway East, Suite 400, Fairfield, CT 06825, or Oxfam, 226 Causeway Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02114-2206, or Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, 70 E Lake St, Chicago, IL 60601,

A memorial service will be planned at a future date.
Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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