Alfred Van Horn IIIJanuary 28, 1924 ~ February 20, 2018 (age 94)
Alfred (Al) Van Horn, age 94, of Ft. Myers Beach, FL; Park Forest, IL; and Minocqua, WI; passed away peacefully on February 20, 2018 in Buffalo Grove, IL. He was born on January 28, 1924 in Flushing, Long Island, N.Y. He graduated from Oberlin College, OH in 1947 with a degree in pre-med where he met his wife Suzanne (Sue) Van Horn. He received his Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Columbia University, N.Y. in 1949. His education at Oberlin was interrupted when he joined the U.S. Navy where he served in the Amphibious Fleet, Asiatic Pacific from 1942-1946 during W.W. II. He was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy in 1953 as a reserve officer.
After serving in the Navy, he began his career in the health field in 1948 as an Administrative Resident at East Orange General Hospital in N.J. In 1949, he was hired as the first Hospital Administrator at Fairfield Memorial Hospital in IL. While there, he was on the Polio Planning Committee, IHA Representative, member of the Governor’s Committee on the study of rural diagnostic coverage in hospitals, and an active member of the Tri-State Planning Committee. From 1951-1963, he was the Asst. Director of the American College of Hospital Administrators. From 1963-68, he was the Exec. V.P. of Tri-State Hospital Assembly in Chicago. He was the Exec. Director of Great Lakes Health and Education Foundation in 1968; then served as Exec. V.P. of the Great Lakes Health Congress in Chicago from 1971-74. He worked as Director of Exhibits and Meetings Management for Bostrom Management Corp. in Chicago from 1976 until he retired in 1990.
Al moved to Park Forest, IL, a post-war planned community, with his family in 1951 where he and Sue raised 7 children. He was active in many community activities including serving as the Pres. Of the P.F. Homeowners Assoc., Board of Directors of the YMCA, P.F. study on the need for a hospital in its community; V.P. Rich Township H.S. Citizens Advisory Committee; P.F. Health Council; and the Boy Scouts. Al was inducted into the P.F. Historical Society’s Hall of Fame in 2006. He was also very involved as a member of Faith United Protestant church as a fundraiser, youth advisor, Chairman of the International Christian Youth Exchange Program, and Board of Deacons. If that wasn’t enough, he continued to be active with the Oberlin College Alumni serving as fund-raising captain, Class President, Board of Directors, Treasurer, and the College President Selection Committee.
Al built a summer home on Fence Lake, Minocqua, WI in 1967 where he enjoyed boating, swimming, water skiing and fishing. Upon retirement, he and Sue relocated to Ft. Myers Beach where he resided until 2013. His many community activities in Ft. Myers included: member of the committee that was responsible for the incorporation of Ft. Myers Beach in 1995. He served as Treasurer of the Estero Cove Condo Association for many years. He was also an active member of the Chamber of Commerce Traffic Committee and a member of the Civic Association. He and Sue were members of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years and his eldest son, Alfred IV. He is survived by his sister Virginia (Jinny) Taub, Boston, MA and Sanibel, FL; his 6 children – Sandra Sue Mocco (James Koeppel) of Concord, CA; Hart Van Horn (Lisa) Bremen, OH; Jenna Lynn Schoeneman (Richard) Buffalo Grove, IL; Lisa Mae Thompson (Douglas) Laguna Niguel, CA; Cheryl Ann Hanson (Robert) Crete, IL; Kent Van Horn (Mia) Sun Prairie, WI; 13 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and one on the way.
Family and friends will gather for a vistation on Saturday March 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral service 11:00 a.m. at Lain-Sullivan Funeral Home at 50 Westwood Drive, Park Forest, IL. Interment Homewoood Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 525A Farragut Ave., Building 26, Great Lakes, IL 60088, telephone 847-505-8207.