Ann Lurie

Ann’s late husband Bob died in 1990 at the age of 48 from colon cancer. Bob earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, he worked with fraternity brother and friend Sam Zell, managing off-campus apartment housing. Several years after college, they joined forces in Chicago, and, together, built what is today Equity Group Investments and its many offshoots.

In their partnership, Bob brought an engineer’s restraint and attention to detail to the business that Sam cultivated. They quickly found their complementary skills formed a winning equation. Neither man feared risk. They shared an acute sense of business direction and trends. And, most importantly, they had unshakeable trust in each other.

After his diagnosis, Bob was cared for by Dr. Steve Rosen at Northwestern University. In 1990, Bob and Ann made the decision to endow the Cancer Center at Northwestern University, known today as the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

Bob died on June 20, 1990, two and a half years after his initial diagnosis. His legacy lives on through his wife, his six children, grandchildren and those who knew him.