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In Memoriam: John Gerald

July 21, 2011
John Gerald, who operated several namesake dealerships and served on the CATA board of directors, died July 12 at age 88.
Mr. Gerald and his brother opened their first dealership in Skokie in 1952. Two years later, DeSoto-Plymouth yielded to Lincoln-Mercury, and Gerald Motors of Skokie operated there until 1997. Mr. Gerald and his son Neil also opened Gerald Oldsmobile, Subaru, Nissan, Hyundai and Kia dealerships in Naperville and North Aurora.
Mr. Gerald served on the CATA board from 1971 to 1980, and was the 1973-1974 board secretary.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley; son Neil and daughter Marilyn; and seven grandchildren. Donations appreciated to prostate cancer research at