Funeral Details

Ira Graham

September 5, 1926 - March 15, 2023

Interment - Private


Makom Solel Lakeside
1301 Clavey Road
Highland Park, Illinois 60035
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Sunday, March 19th from 3:30PM to 6PM

Memorial Contributions

Respiratory Health Association


Ira Graham, 96, of Wilmette & Evanston. Devotion to excellence drove him to return to obtain UChicago MBA and CPA when he was 40 to serve 6000 financial advice clients while regularly being the top selling NML agent, to run and bike daily into his 80's, and to support education & lifelong learning. Born in Chicago to Jeffrey & Betty, he enlisted for WW2 Navy service, excelled at Il. Tech (founded AEPi chapter & Sr. Class Pres.), worked as agent for 70 years, & long served on Kendall Univ. Bd. & Evanston Rotary. Predeceased by wife Helen Baer & Brother Ed; father to children, Leslie (Lou Kenter), Doug (Dana) & Brad (Margot Maresky) and 10 grandchildren. Regularly received letters from client's families thanking him for partnering with them to provide financial security for their families. Private services were held. A public Shiva will be held on Sunday, March 19, from 3:30-6PM at Makom Solel Lakeside, 1301 Clavey Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035. Memorial contributions can be made to RHA, Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Ira was a delight! I knew him through Rotary where he was a charter member of the Evanston lighthouse Rotary Club, founded in June, 1985. His loyalty and generosity to the club continued to the end. In later years, when I phoned occasionally to find out how he was doing, he always seemed glad to hear about Rotary doings. In his younger days I remember the Rotary club supporting him in his long bike rides for charity. I am so thankful that I had a chance to know him and his family. John and I join in your sadness at this loss of the family patriarch.

ann searles
March 17, 2023