Today, Sept.3, 2008, is
the 70th wedding anniversary
of two of the namesakes of this charitable Foundation. On Sept. 3, 1938,
Frank William Illanich Lynch and Pearl Dorothy Seske Nowicki wed and
moved into a tiny attic apartment at 8339 So. Anthony Ave on the South
Side of Chicago, in between what would become Michelle Robinson Obama's
home and Rev. Wright's church.
Frank and Pearl worked as much
blue collar overtime as they could get in a low wage, non-union factory.
By never drinking,
smoking or eating out, and buying only the minimum replacement clothing,
while continuing to support Pearl's mother and younger brother,
and while making contributions to support Frank's siblings, they were
still able to accumulate the down payment to buy the house directly
across the alley behind them at 8339 So. Bennet, where the third
founding Director of the University, Richard Frank Lynch was born on
December 31, 1941, three weeks after Pearl Harbor was attacked.
Because the son was born 90 minutes before New Years Eve, he was in 1941, and
Pearl was excited to get a December Rationing Card for a pound of butter
and sugar. Their daughter Susan was born 22 months later.
Frank was overjoyed
to work ten to twelve hours a day, six days a week, sometimes half a day
on Sunday, for the next five
years producing emergency World War II supplies, and saved enough money
to buy an small apartment building just off the railroad tracks, where the new family lived and rented out
the other two apartments.
After a lifetime of hard work and saving, even
though Frank was born in poverty and only completed the eight grade, at age 93 Frank, with his
wife and son, made a final gift of gratitude to this country, which had
given him the chance to work hard, and whose taxpayers and charities
never gave him any handout except a rationing card to buy a pound of
butter and sugar.
That gift? At age 93, Frank, Pearl and their son founded the
University to prepare teachers to bring complete equality to every child
And in commemoration of that gift, his wife
and son created this charitable foundation in his honor.
Stories like this happen
only in America,
where ordinary people do the most
day after day.
Join us in
fight poverty inside America
What will you do for your country when
you are 93?
What have you done for
So that your children,
when they are struggling with being
may be as fortunate as we are today in
this wonderful country,