Jerome A. Thrall ’44 is this year’s recipient of the Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award, recognized at Morgan Park Academy’s 146th graduation exercises on June 8, 2019.

The Duchossois Award is Morgan Park Academy’s highest award for alumni, given annually in recognition of its namesake’s lifetime achievements, outstanding professional success, and service to the Academy, his community, and society. Previous recipients include Dr. Frank Burd ’52, Denny Cresap ’52, Bill Hickey ’71, Al Hoffman Jr. ’52, Jim Mitchell ’61, Rajeev Rathi ’84, and Spencer Stuart ’40.

Thrall, who passed away in 2009, was founder and chairman of Thrall Enterprises in Chicago and, for many years, Executive Vice President of Thrall Car Manufacturing Company. A U.S. Navy veteran and devoted family man, he counted the Academy among the many community and civic organizations that he supported generously.

Thrall’s family has continued that commitment to his alma mater, creating a scholarship fund for outstanding rising seniors and making possible our new MakerSpace for collaborative and hands-on learning, building, and designing.

“Mr. Thrall and his family have been tremendous supporters of the Academy and its students and faculty,” Head of School Mercedes Z. Sheppard said. “His legacy both at our school and in the greater Chicago community makes him truly a fitting recipient of the Duchossois Award.”


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