Deaths: Arthur Catrambone

Arthur Catrambone

Arthur Catrambone, a former UIC administrator, died Feb. 4, while in flight to Maui, Hawaii. He was 88.

After graduating from Benedictine College (Kansas) in 1951, he began his career as a junior accountant at the University of Illinois, when it was still located at Navy Pier. He went on to earn his CPA and continued to work at the university for 36 years, retiring in 1987 as deputy associate vice chancellor emeritus.

During his long career at the university, he played an instrumental role in the merging of the then campuses of the University of Illinois at the Medical Center and the University of Illinois Circle Campus to creating what is now the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He was responsible in building the first dormitories on the east side of campus, which began the transformation of the university from mostly a commuter campus to more of a vibrant residential one.

Additionally, he was a Principal Partner at Datalogics, a digital print technology company founded in Chicago in 1967. In 1992, Datalogics was sold to Adobe and still is in business today. He was Founder and President of Coldwell Banker Stratford Place in Westchester.   

Catrambone also was president of the advisory board for UIC’s Craniofacial Center and the board of directors at Camp Duncan YMCA. In 2000, he was named “Volunteer of the Year” for the YMCA of Metro Chicago.

He and his family enjoyed many vacations together traversing throughout the United States and Europe. He particularly enjoyed spending the first week of August with family in Star Lake, Wisconsin. He also reveled in the annual six-week winter outing to Maui, Hawaii, where many of his children and grandchildren would stop by to stay with him.

He survived by his wife of 60 years, Terri (Classen), along with their seven children, Arthur, Jr. (Debbie Gacek), Gerard (Ellen Letizia), Jeffrey (Renee Lindahl), Laura (James Gerace), Nia (William Corsten), Joseph, and Mark (Laura Hassman). He is also survived by 22 grandchildren: Arthur III and Michael; Danelle (Ron Flower), Leticia (John Boratto), Kazden (Christopher Duggan), Sarah, Nathan, and Miranda; Samantha, Jeffrey, and Jackson; Vincent (Heather Mancione), Gerard, Joseph, Nikki, and Dominic Gerace; Cole, Elisabeth, and Katherine Corsten; and Nicholas, Ariana, and Anthony, as well as five great-
grandchildren, Sebastian Flower; Blaize, Elsa, and Sadie Boratto; and Vincent Gerace.

Catrambone is also survived by his sisters, Letitia (Letty) and Rita (Sr. Nic, BVM) and two sisters-in-law, Mary (nee Gamairi) and Thelma (nee Evans). He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Services have been held.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to UIC’s Craniofacial Center at Face the Future Foundation at:, or YMCA Camp Duncan at:

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