Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Ronald Mark Swartz

May 28, 1945 - May 25, 2022


Date and Time

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 10:00 AM


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


Rabbi Rachel Heaps
Temple Jeremiah

Interment - Private


Morgen Residence
2031 Glendale Avenue
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
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Memorial Contributions

ACLU Development
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, New York 10004
Greater Chicago Food Depository
4100 W. Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, Illinois 60621
Charity of your choosing


Ronald Mark Swartz, 76, died peacefully on May 25, following prolonged lung disease. For over 40 years, Ron served on the faculty of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan as a Professor of Education and Philosophy.

A student of philosophers such as Karl Popper, A.S. Neill, Joseph Agassi, and Thomas Szasz, Ron envisioned a world in which values like self-determination, autonomy, democracy, and fallibilism guided education and informed understandings of mental health.

As a true student of life, Ron used all his experiences to inform his books, essays, dialogues, and poems. He hoped that his ideas "illuminated a small aspect of this infinite labyrinth we call our world," and that, although "our quest for better theories is unending," we continue to strive for these ideals together.

Ron is survived by his wife of over 50 years Susan (nee Rosenbaum), daughter Marla (Allen) Morgen, grandchildren Dana and Ian, brother Barry (Sharon) Swartz, and countless family, lifelong friends, colleagues, and students. He is preceded in death by his parents Sylvia (nee Diamond) and Ivan Swartz and brother Robert Swartz. May his memory be for a blessing.

Service Tuesday, May 31, 2022,10 AM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd, (at Niles Center Road), Skokie. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ACLU, ACLU Development, 125 Broad St. 18th FL, New York, NY 10004,, Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL 60632, or the charity of your choosing. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Dear Susan and family, this afternoon I learned from Nancy Duffy that Ron's obituary had appeared in the Sunday Free Press. I read it with combination of sadness and joy -sadness for you and you family as you begin to put together the coming days and weeks knowing that you will not be sharing them with Ron and joy for the amazing life you shared. If I remember right you went to Russia to celebrate 50 years of marriage.
I have such good memories of Ron's winning smile, sweet laugh and warm greetings whenever I was with both of you. I can still see t he two of our dancing in our home following my marriage to Jim. Know that you, Marla, your son-in-law and grandchildren are in my thoughts.

Love, Mary

Mary Porter
May 29, 2022
Dear Susan,
Ron was a deep thinker, a generous spirit and a kind soul. The world was lucky he was here. Many condolences, Clara

Clara Sheffer
June 10, 2022
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