Two roads diverged in a wood, and he — he took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Jon Eric Mendelson. Born 1940, New York City, died Nov. 22, 2014 at home, peacefully, surrounded by family. Emeritus Professor of Environmental Biology at Governors State University, Chair of Thorn Creek Nature Preserve Management Commission, field ecologist, land preservationist, musician, beloved husband, father, grandfather, teacher, and friend. He worked tirelessly to acquire land for Thorn Creek Woods and to protect local watersheds, taught courses in ecology to generations of students, played blues and folk with the Moose River Band, grew garlic for Thorn Creek’s Garlic Fest, and fashioned mobiles out of gourds for his grandchildren. Survived by his loving wife, Judith Dolan Mendelson, three children, Nina (Riyaz Kanji), Robin (Joss Delage), Claudia (Josh Pincus), and five grandchildren, Laura and Evan Kanji, Miles Mendelson-Delage, Celia and Oliver Pincus. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Thorn Creek Woods, P.O. Box 1589, Richton Park, IL 60471.
There will be a memorial celebration in his honor at a later date. If you wish to send cards or letters to Judy and the family: Judy Mendelson and Family, 24300 Western Avenue, Park Forest, IL 60466, email@example.com.
Wednesdays: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Registration required two days before your first walk. Free! Ages 13-adult.
Walks are led by a Thorn Creek Woods naturalist.
Follow the forest’s seasonal changes, enjoy light exercise and experience nature firsthand on 2 miles of Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve’s winding trails.
Call 708-747-6320 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register for your first walk or for additional information.