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DePaul mourns the death of Board of Trustee member John Brennan


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It is with tremendous sadness we announce the death of John L. Brennan, a member of DePaul’s Board of Trustees. Brennan died suddenly on Oct. 3 at the age of 60. 
John L. Brennan

Brennan joined the Board of Trustees in 2009, following the model of service to the university set by his father, Edward Brennan, who also was a DePaul trustee and served as chair of the board from 1997 to 2001. During his years of distinguished service to DePaul, John Brennan served on or led multiple committees, including the finance, philanthropy, trusteeship and investment committees.

“John’s contributions to DePaul University over the years were profound,” says Gerald Beeson, chair of DePaul’s Board of Trustees. “John was an active board member who was always ready to serve and, more importantly, a shining beacon of our Catholic, Vincentian mission. His personal warmth and friendship knew no bounds, and he will be sorely missed.”

Outside his role with DePaul, Brennan’s successful 35-year career in financial services included service as the head o​f Private Wealth Management at William Blair and Company, and president of Bank of America’s Illinois operation and central region president of its private bank. 

A Vanderbilt University graduate and active member in his community, Brennan’s extensive civic leadership included service as life director of the Chicago Public Library Foundation, an executive committee member of WTTW, a trustee of Rush University Medical Center, the lead director of Miami Corporation, and a trustee for The Harris Theatre of Music and Dance. 

"We have lost an exceptionally dedicated and kindhearted leader who was instrumental in building a strong connection between DePaul and the Chicago community," says President Rob Manuel. "Throughout the years, John and his family have made a tremendous impact on DePaul and its students, truly exemplifying our Catholic, Vincentian mission. The entire DePaul community extends our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Jean, his son and daughter, and his extended family. Please remember John and his family in your prayers.”

Brennan was a devoted family man, and is survived by his wife, Jean; his children, Jack and Kelly; and many extended family members. 

Information on services is available online.​