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newspaper columnist , Communications consultant

Jack Mabley, American Newspaper columnist, communications consultant. Recipient Media award National Association for Retarded Citizens, 1977. President Village of Glenview, Illinois, 1957-1961, Skokie Valley Community Hospital, Skokie, Illinois, 1977-1979. Served from ensign to Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1941-1945.

Background

John Arnold Mabley was born on October 26, 1915 in Binghamton, New York to Clarence Ware Mabley (born Clarence Ware Mable) and Mabelle née Howe, a concert pianist.

Education

Bachelor of Science, University Illinois, 1938.

Career

Early Life and After studying journalism at the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduating in 1938, Mabley worked for the City News Bureau, the Associated Press and then as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News before serving four years as a U.S. Navy lieutenant during the war. He returned to the Daily News in 1948 as a columnist. He joined the Chicago American in 1961, and remained there as a columnist and associate editor until, now a tabloid known as Chicago Today, it folded in 1974.

Mabley then took up a long-standing post as the well-respected columnist of the Chicago Tribune, writing some 8,000 columns on a wide range of issues. In his later years he became columnist of the suburban Chicago Daily Herald from which he finally retired in 2004 at around 88 years of age. In addition to his journalistic career, Jack operated a corporate communications business from his adopted home town of Chicago, hosting a nightly radio show.

He also served as president of the Chicago suburb of Glenview for a number of years. The Jack Mabley Developmental Center in Dixon, IL, a state run residential home for the mentally disabled, is named after him in honour of his generous support and fundraising activities. Mabley had created the Forgotten Children's Fund, which raised money for the centre.

His autobiography entitled "Halas, Hef, the Beatles and Me" was published in 1967. Mabley died in Chicago on January 6, 2006 from natural causes. Mabley's wife Frances is a resident at Chestnut Square at The Glen, a senior living community in Glenview, Illinois.

Membership

President Village of Glenview, Illinois, 1957-1961, Skokie Valley Community Hospital, Skokie, Illinois, 1977-1979. Served from ensign to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1941-1945.

Connections

Married Frances Habeck, August 29, 1940. Children: Mike, Jill, Ann, Pat, Robert.

father:
Clarence Ware Mabley

mother:
Mabelle (Howe) Mabley

spouse:
Frances Habeck

children:
Mike Mabley

Jill Mabley

Ann Mabley

Pat Mabley

Robert Mabley