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Mary Louise Haddad

Mary Louise Haddad

Mary Louise Haddad is a retired lawyer who still represents a few long time clients in estate and trust matters. For the most part, however, she enjoys her retirement, especially being able to spend the winters in Arizona.

Ms. Haddad is a native of New Jersey. She graduated from Douglass College with a B.A. in French, a minor in political science, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She worked in Washington, D.C. for several years where she met her late husband, Lawrence Haddad. They subsequently spent four and a half years in Beirut, Lebanon, where he served as a diplomat for the United States government. Upon return to the States they settled in Chicago, and her late husband built his career as a successful real estate developer.

Ms. Haddad combined raising a family with attendance at Northwestern Law School. She graduated with honors in 1976 and was a practicing lawyer until her recent retirement. She was active in various bar associations, past president of the Trust and Estates Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association, and served as an officer of the Federal Estate Tax Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. She is the author of several articles on tax and estate planning issues and was a frequent lecturer with bar associations and lay groups. She maintains an active interest in foreign affairs by attending forums, seminars, and conferences in Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

Ms. Haddad has a number of connections to Columbia College Chicago. Her older daughter attended Columbia and her son met his wife through the college. In 1996, she established a scholarship fund at Columbia for student directors in memory of her friend, David Talbot Cox, who was a local actor and director.

She has a great personal interest in the arts and is an avid patron. She has also performed in community theatre and continues tap lessons with Hubbard Street Dance. She recently renewed her interest in the French language and is active in the Alliance Française of Chicago and Phoenix.

Ms. Haddad has three adult children and three grandchildren. She is married to Sam Perry, a retired international business executive. They reside in Chicago and Scottsdale, Arizona.