Saying Goodbye in 2012

Fredenhagen Park, Benedetti-Wherli stadium, and a love for philanthropy are just a small part of the legacy left by three Naperville leaders we said goodbye to in 2012.

Albert “Al” Benedetti, long time North Central benefactor and life trustee died in May at the age of 88.

Over his lifetime, Benedetti and his wife Alpha were constantly giving back to the college, including more than $1,000,000 in donations.
The college thanked him by naming their new football stadium after him in 2003.
Groundbreaking Naperville community leader and friend to many, Rita Harvard, passed away in June.

In 1987, Harvard became the first woman member of the Naperville Rotary Club, then went on to become their first female president seven years later.

Harvard, along with her brother, Ted, donated the land that was originally home to their family’s Prince Castle and Cock Robin businesses to the city.

It is now Fredenhagen Park east of Washington Street downtown along the Riverwalk.

In July, Robert Pullen, Tellabs President and CEO known for his generosity of spirit lost his battle with cancer at the age of 50.
Pullen worked for the telecommunications company for 17 years and worked his way up to the helm in 2008.

During his tenure, he made it a priority to make Tellabs accessible to charity fundraisers such as Naperville Cares’ Cuisine for a Cause and the Naperville Rotary Club’s Soups On.


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