In Memoriam: John A. Wing

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The IIT Chicago-Kent community is saddened by the recent death of John A. (Jack) Wing, a national leader in the financial services industry, a former IIT trustee, and for many years the executive director of IIT's Center for Law and Financial Markets.

The former board chairman and chief executive officer of ABN AMRO, Jack began his career as a financial analyst and trial lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission. He later served as vice president, general counsel and eventually president of A.G. Becker & Co., and as CEO of The Chicago Corporation, where he was instrumental in expanding the firm into a major full-service regional investment banking and brokerage firm.

During his career Jack served on the boards of the Chicago (Midwest) Stock Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, and First Chicago Bank & Trust, among other organizations. While directing IIT's Center for Law and Financial Markets, he held the post of Frank Wakely Gunsaulus Professor of Law and Finance.

Jack was an invaluable asset to our law school, bringing his energy, his intelligence, and his celebrated acumen in financial services to bear on the professional education of countless students. We extend our condolences to his wife Joan '74, son Willy, and daughters Elisabeth and Mary Ellen.