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Staff Report
12:08 am CDT May 14, 2019

New Trier graduate Dave Anderson, a devoted family man and industrial real estate broker, died May 8 at the age of 63 in Dallas, after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

He is survived by the love of his life, Carol Zielinski Anderson, his wife of 33 years, and his devoted children, his son Patrick James Anderson (Sarah Baccich Anderson)  and his daughter Jaclyn Welty Anderson.

Anderson was born to Gordon C. Anderson and Marjorie Welty Anderson and raised in Northfield. Dave was the youngest of six and treasured special times with his siblings and lifelong friends. He attended New Trier West High School and enrolled at Southern Methodist University in 1973. During his time at SMU, Anderson received a BBA in Marketing and was the vice president of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. SMU was the cornerstone to building his career.

Upon graduating SMU, Anderson joined Bethlehem Steel Corp., where he worked in sales for six years in Bethlehem, Pa., New York City and Shreveport, La. Deciding on a career change Dave found his life’s calling at Coldwell Banker, the predecessor to CBRE, in Dallas in 1984. His business pursuits were completely fulfilled by CBRE as he remained there for 35 years, transacting an impressive 100 million square feet of industrial space and selling 10,000 acres for development of 150 million square feet. Anderson attained the honorary title of vice chairman, an accolade which is achieved by less than one percent of CBRE’s producers. He received many notable awards such as being the only five-time winner of NAIOP’s North Texas Industrial Broker of the Year. At CBRE, he achieved the Colbert Coldwell Circle Award for top three percent national producers 11 times and is the only broker nationally to win both the highest individual award, the Edward S. Gordon Memorial Award for creativity in solving clients business needs and the top industrial award and the Dave Haggerty Award for teamwork and leadership. Dallas Business Journal and D CEO both honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was recently honored with a road named after him, Anderson Way.

More important to Anderson than his career successes were his lifelong friendships that he cherished, those going back to Northfield, SMU, Bethlehem Steel, Dallas and CBRE which included peers, clients, competitors, and many others. For those who stayed close to him during his battle he was truly thankful.

In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his loving siblings Karen and Mike O’Brien, James and Trisha Anderson, Christine and Dave Chadwick, Tom Anderson, William and Brit Anderson, his brother-in-law Tom Zielinski and his fiancé Nancy Buschel and all his caring nieces, nephews and their beautiful children.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the David J. Anderson Endowed MBA Scholarship Fund in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, P.O. Box 750333, Dallas, TX 75275 or visit or The Louis Zielinski Scholarship Fund, c/o Jesuit College Prep. 12345 Inwood Rd, Dallas TX 75244 or gifts.

James Geppert

James A. “Jim” Geppert, 86, a New Trier graduate, magician and retired patent attorney, died at Glenbrook Hospital March 19 in the presence of family. Born on Oct. 10, 1932 to Carl F. and Beatrice “Bee” (Emrick) Geppert, he grew up in Wilmette and graduated from New Trier High School in 1950, having participated in the annual Gilbert and Sullivan productions and diving on the swim team. He was a member of Men Off Campus (MOC) at Northwestern University, earning a Chemical Engineering degree. Geppert worked in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office while attending law school at George Washington University in Washington D.C, where he met and married his wife of 61 years, Marian (Lory), at Foundry Methodist Church. Geppert joined his father’s Chicago patent law firm and settled in Glenview. He retired from Borg-Warner Corporation in 1988. Geppert’s other career in magic began at an early age. He brought enchanted moments to countless children and adults and enjoyed practicing, reading about, and attending lectures on magic. He was a past president of Harlan E. Tarbell Ring 43 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), a member of Assembly 148 of the Society of American Magicians (SAM), the Mazda Mystic Ring, and The Magic Circle (London), and spent many vacations attending magic conventions in the U.S. and Europe. Geppert was dedicated to his community and church, volunteering as Cub Scout Pack Master (Glenview Pack 256), Little League manager, high school sports and music booster, Bethel Bible study and confirmation instructor, liturgical assistant, and bass in the choir at Trinity Lutheran Church in Evanston. He received a Vision Keeper Award for years of service to Elijah’s Pantry in Logan Square, serving on the board and delivering food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Beloved husband of Marian, father of Carl R. (Barbara) and Martha, grandfather of Carrie (Glen) Goodner, David (Kailey), and Annie (John) Hickerson, and great-grandfather of Reid, Cade, and Jalen. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother Carl L., who was killed in World War II. A memorial service was held Saturday, May 18, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3637 Golf Road, Evanston, IL 60203. His ashes were scattered in the Trinity Memorial Garden following the service. Memorial donations to Trinity Lutheran Church ( or to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 W Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL 60632 ( would be appreciated.

Diana Helper

New Trier graduate Diana Chapin Helper, loving and beloved wife, mother, writer, singer and community advocate, died of a rare cancer at the Porter Hospice Saturday, March 2. Born to Paul W. and Priscilla L. Chapin in Evanston, she loved singing with her parents on car trips. She kept singing in choirs at New Trier High School, at Oberlin College, churches, as a soloist at services, in chamber groups and as a founder of the Har-MOM-ics. 

Helper had many jobs with none more satisfying than being the monthly contributor of “University Park News and Views” to the Washington Park Profile newspaper for over 25 years. As a volunteer, she was a docent at the Denver Art Museum and a representative of the Oberlin Alumni Association. 

Helper is survived by husband, John, son Stephen, and two grandchildren, Roslyn and Nicola. Sadly, daughter Katherine died in 2007. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate on behalf of Diana to The Alliance Center, Denver (sustainability) and the church (music).

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