Funeral Services Held for Henry G. Foreman, Prominent Jewish Leader of Chicago
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Funeral Services Held for Henry G. Foreman, Prominent Jewish Leader of Chicago

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Funeral services were held today for Henry G. Foreman, Jewish communal and civic leader who died yesterday at the age of 75 from a complication of ailments.

Mr. Foreman, who was a native of Chicago, was the son of Gerhard Foreman, pioneer Jewish banker here. He entered his father’s banking business but withdrew to enter the real estate field.

He was one of the organizers of the Chicago Real Estate Board and the Chicago Stock Exchange. For a period he served as president of the Board from 1903 to 1913. He also served as president of the Cook County Board.

He was the initiator of many civic reforms. He built the first fire proof hospital for contagious diseases; the first hospital for children and fourteen other buildings. He inaugurated the cottage plan for tuberculosis patients of the insane asylum.

He was known as the Father of Small Parks, because he originated a system of small parks, playgrounds, field houses, gymnasiums, bath houses, libraries, etc. as well as fourteen new large parks during his term of office as president of the South Park Commissioners.

Mr. Foreman was a member of Sinai congregation.

His widow, three sisters, Mrs. Mathilda Rosenberg; Mrs. Lydia Steele, Mrs. Birdie Schwab, and a brother, Oscar G. Foreman, surevive.

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