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In Memoriam: Merle Reskin 1929-2023
It is with deep sadness that we share the news that long-time Theatre School benefactor, Merle Reskin, has passed away at the age of 93. Merle was born November 20, 1929, and was a native Chicagoan. Her passion for drama began at the Latin School of Girls in Chicago and she then attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She had extensive appearances on a variety of television and radio shows in New York and Chicago and performed in the Broadway production of “South Pacific” as Ensign Janet McGregor, a role she played for 2 years. After her marriage to her late husband, Harold Reskin, a Chicago-area real estate entrepreneur, the couple became generous patrons of the arts.
Merle and her husband Harold have long been loyal supporters of The Theatre School. Merle served on the Theatre School Advisory Council and for many years also served on the Awards for Excellence in the Arts gala committee. In 1988, Mr. Reskin pledged his support for DePaul’s purchase of the historic Blackstone theatre when it was in danger of being torn down. In November 1992, on her birthday, the Blackstone was officially renamed to honor and celebrate Merle. Read a copy of the dedication book from the event.