On Friday, January 31, 2020, Stanford L. Glass, loving and beloved father, husband, grandfather, and friend, passed away at the age of 85. Cause of death was kidney failure.

Stan was born on May 6, 1934 in Collinsville, Illinois, to Jere and Valma (Yawitz) Glass. He attended Collinsville High School and was valedictorian of the class of 1952.

He received his A.B. degree from the University of Illinois in 1955, and his law degree from Harvard in 1959. He practiced law in Chicago for over 50 years starting with the law firm Yates, Holleb & Mickelson, which later became Holleb, Gerstein & Glass, and, later, Holleb and Coff. He practiced mostly estate law, and retired in 2000.

On June 23, 1957, he married Rebecca Jean Koelling. Together, they raised three children, Karyn, Linda, and Steven. They lived first in Northbrook, then in Winnetka. Rebecca died of ovarian cancer in 1991.

Stan remarried, and is survived by, his high school sweetheart, Geraldine (Gerry) Barnhart (Gillespie). They lived in Streeterville for 26 years.

Stan’s great passion was politics. Stan worked on many political campaigns, including those of Sidney Yates, Bill Singer, and Abner Mikva. He was special counsel to State Treasurer Adlai Stevenson, III, Chairman of the Illinois Health Facilities Authority from 1973 to 1979, on the board of Directors of the Home Investments Fund 1970-1982 and the Metropolitan Leadership Council 1980-1982. He was an advisor to Senators Paul Simon and Adlai Stevenson, with whom he maintained warm relationships throughout the years.

Stan was also an investor in real estate, environmental endeavors, theater, and movies (including Saturday Night Fever). He was a generous donor to the arts in Chicago, political organizations, and many charitable groups. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Admired for his intelligence and quick wit, he was a consummate toast-giver and a superb gift-giver. An avid collector of antique books, it was his greatest pleasure to be able to gift someone with a book tailored exactly to their interests. Each Christmas he produced gift bags for each and every person employed at his law firm.

Connections to others were very important for Stan. He stayed in close touch with many high school friends, and helped organize class reunions for many years; in September, Stan and Gerry attended their 66-year reunion. In addition to his wife and three children, Stan is survived by sister, Carol Korein, brother Mark Glass, sons-in-law Greg Scandaglia and Jeffrey Mercer, daughter-in-law Diane Glass, grandchildren Cole and Ryan Scandaglia, and Suzanne, Rachel, and Mitchell Glass, and many adoring nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service was to be held on March 28th, but it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis. If anyone would like to make a donation in his name, the family suggests sending it to NOW (Stan was the first male member in Illinois), or the ACLU (which he supported for over 50 years). For information or to leave condolences, Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, (847) 255-3520 or

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Service : Friday, February 7th at 12:00 pm
Service Location: Graveside Service -Shalom Memorial Park

Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W. Rand RoadArlington Heights

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