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Thomas G. Ayers: 1915 - 2007; Utility executive led civic, racial initiatives; Former Commonwealth Edison chief helped develop Dearborn Park and pushed for an end to housing discrimination against blacks
[Chicagoland Edition]
Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill.
Subjects: Deaths -- Ayers, Thomas G
Author: Napolitano, Jo
Date: Jun 12, 2007
Start Page: 4
Section: Metro
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James O'Connor, former chairman and CEO of Commonwealth Edison and its former parent company, Unicom, said Mr. Ayers had an impact on Chicago unmatched by businessmen of the era."He had an extraordinary social conscience," O'Connor said. "He was willing to step into situations where very few people were willing to risk their reputation. He had total courage and never seemed to weigh the consequences of that sort of activity. He never did anything for applause or for any sort of recognition."

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