New Trier Hall of Honor

On Thursday, March 12, at a reception and dinner at the Orrington Hotel in Evanston, our own Will Kellogg is going to be inducted into the Hall of Honor of New Trier High School. Will, who was graduated in the class of 1948, will join 10 other inductees, representing the worlds of politics, entertainment, literature, medicine, and economics, in being honored for his profound contributions to the greater Chicago area and beyond.

Will is the former and longtime president of General Packaging Products in Chicago, with plants in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and Bedford Park. He has long taken pride in supporting his more than 100 employees, many of whom have been with the company for more than 30 years. He has said that helping his employees succeed in their life goals is what drives him. In addition, Will was, with his late wife Jackie, the founder of the Kellogg Cancer Centers at the North Shore University Health Care System hospitals. Perhaps most importantly, however, is the fact that Will spent 22 years volunteering weekly as an English Literature teacher for Chicago junior high students in underserved and impoverished neighborhoods in Chicago, opening up stimulating new worlds, including the works of Shakespeare, for young people who might not otherwise have been exposed to some of the wonders of the written and spoken word.

In a gathering in 2010 with students and faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University-a school endowed by the Foundation established by Will's parents, John and Helen Kellogg-Will concluded his remarks by exhorting the students: "Start your own business. Help your employees. Make something." Will himself has made an incalculable difference in the lives of countless people, and richly merits the tribute of being named to the New Trier Hall of Honor. Congratulations, and blessings, Will, on this wonderful and well-deserved recognition!

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