List of New Trier High School alumni

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This is a list of notable alumni from New Trier High School, a four-year high school in Winnetka, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, including alumni from the former New Trier East and New Trier West high schools:


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  1. ^ Golosinski, Matt (Summer 2001). "Recipe for success: Campbell Soup CEO Doug Conant '76 talks strategy". Kellogg World. Evanston, IL: Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "High School of the Week: New Trier". Chicago Sun-Times. 23 May 2007. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2009.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SunTimes_HSotW_article" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ "2016's Best Schools in Chicagoland". Chicago Agent Magazine. 2016-04-18. Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  4. ^ Hauser, Marc (March 2006). "Man of a Thousand Faces". Chicago Retrieved 3 September 2009. I’ve known Christie since we were in high school together at New Trier; I was working for Playboy then. 
  5. ^ Davidson, Andrew (30 September 2007). "A Very Happy Bunny". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 September 2009. VITAL STATISTICS — School: New Trier West, Illinois 
  6. ^ Cohen, Roger (9 June 1991). "Ms. playboy". New York Times. Retrieved 3 September 2009. Christie went to New Trier West, a public high school with a reputation for academic excellence, and was a model pupil. 
  7. ^ "New Trier Centennial - THE HONOR ROLL: BUSINESS LEADERS". Chicago Tribune. 12 October 2000. 
  8. ^ Strahler, Steven (2 July 2005). "Lofty expectations await Boeing CEO". Chicago Business. Chicago, IL: Crain Communications, Inc. Retrieved 3 September 2009. The 55-year-old Mr. McNerney, a New Trier Township High School graduate with experience at Corporate ... 
  9. ^ Derry, Charles (2001). International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale Group. 
  10. ^ "Ann-Margret Discusses Being a Showbiz Survivor". Larry King Live. 1 January 2001. Event occurs at 2100 ET. CNN. KING: ... Now, you went to a famous high school, as I notice. New Trier High School. ANN-MARGRET: Yes. 
  11. ^ a b c d e Green, Caryn. "Community Profile: Winnetka". North Shore Magazine. Retrieved 31 August 2009. While New Trier's academic excellence is legendary, the drama and music programs are also renowned. Famous alums include actors Adam Baldwin, Bruce Dern, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Virginia Madsen and Ann-Margret, as well as musician Liz Phair, author Scott Turow, Sen. Charles Percy, and Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "New Trier Centennial - THE HONOR ROLL: ENTERTAINERS, ARTISTS". Chicago Tribune. 12 October 2000. p. 11. 
  13. ^ O'Malley, Kathy (21 August 1987). "Baldwin's career regains its luster". Spokane [WA] Chronicle. Chicago Tribune. p. 18. Retrieved 1 September 2009. "Yeah," said Baldwin, whose career began at a level where many never reach — with a starring role in a hit movie ... He was 17 at the time, a junior at suburban New Trier East High School ... [dead link]
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h Stillerman, Joel (5 April 2001). "New Trier Centennial events planned". Wilmette Life. Wilmette, IL: Pioneer Press. p. 7. Retrieved 7 September 2009. New Trier Centennial events planned. "New Trier Stars on Stage" includes alumni panelists Hugh O'Brian '43, James Stern '75, Joel Stiller (sic) '79, Virginia Madsen '79, Adam Baldwin 1976-79, Rusty Schwimmer '80, Hal Sparks '88, Adam Hunter '92. Saturday youth baseball clinic for children includes "trainers" who are former professional baseball players: Pete Burnside '48, Mike Huff '81, and Russ Baumgarten '81 
  15. ^ "Ralph Bellamy". biography. The Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  16. ^ Armour, Terry (15 May 2005). "Well, whose number's up on '24'?". Chicago Tribune. p. 21. Try as we might, we couldn't get anything out of Carlos Bernard ... everybody around the set is tight-lipped, including Bernard, who plays CTU agent Tony Almeida. But the New Trier graduate did try to whet our appetite. 
  17. ^ a b "Callaway sisters to mark two birthdays with their reunion". Mount Prospect Times. Mt. Prospect, IL: Pioneer Press. 18 August 2005. Retrieved 7 September 2009. Sisters Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway, who grew up in Winnetka and graduated from New Trier Township High School ... 
  18. ^ Richards, Dean (15 September 2008). "The Buzz: Actor William Christopher" (interview). The Morning Call. WGN-TV. Retrieved 7 September 2009. Our family moved out to Glencoe, so I went to New Trier High School. 
  19. ^ "The Success Story of Dr. Christine Ebersole '71". biographic sketch. MacMurray College. Retrieved 1 September 2009. Dr. Christine Ebersole came from Winnetka, Illinois, where she discovered her passion for acting and singing at New Trier High School (Winnetka) ... 
  20. ^ Witchel, Alex (3 June 2007). "Between a Mother and a Daughter". New York Times. p. 4. Retrieved 1 September 2009. After New Trier Township High School, Ebersole briefly attended MacMurray College ... 
  21. ^ "New Trier High School Class Of 1987". 
  22. ^ "Neal Edelstein, founder of Hooked Digital Media". 
  23. ^ "Neal Edelstein Produced 'Mulholland Drive'". IMDb. 
  24. ^ "Neal Edelstein Produced 'The Ring'". IMDb. 
  25. ^ Kilday, Gregg; Byrge, Duane (5 April 2008). "Actor Charlton Heston dies at 84". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, CA: Nielsen Business Media. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2009. Fortunately for his artistic development, the Heston family moved to Winnetka, Ill., where he attended New Trier High School, excelling in theater, before moving on to Northwestern. 
  26. ^ Hartl, John (6 April 2008). "Charlton Heston was larger than life". Retrieved 7 September 2009. Taking drama classes at Winnetka’s New Trier High School, he decided he wanted to be an actor after seeing a school production of “Twelfth Night.” Shakespeare would remain his favorite writer. 
  27. ^ "Rock Hudson". biography. New York Times. Retrieved 7 September 2009. A popular but academically unspectacular student at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL, he decided ... 
  28. ^ "New Girl's Jake Johnson". interview. AV Club. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  29. ^ Steinberg, Jacques (11 May 2008). "Take My Wife. Please. I'll Take Yours.". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 October 2009. The singer-songwriter Liz Phair, a classmate of Mr. Kelley’s at New Trier High School, has created the show’s original score. 
  30. ^ Rodkin, Dennis (19 March 2008). "Housing Bulletin—Irene Pritzker Sells Her Kenilworth Mansion". Chicago Magazine. The house is a block from New Trier Township High School, the alma mater of Robert and Irene’s daughter, Liesel, the actress who, billed as Liesel Matthews, costarred in the Harrison Ford movie Air Force One. 
  31. ^ Reilly, Sue (26 March 1979). "'Coming Home' to Penny Milford Means Climbing Hollywood's Greasiest Poll—the Oscars". People Magazine. 11 (12). (Penelope) became a star of New Trier High School's distinguished drama department. 
  32. ^ "'Hats' off to Betsy". Northbrook Star. Northbrook, IL, USA: Pioneer Press. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 8 October 2009. New Trier grad Betsy Randle, star of the hit Disney sitcom "Boy Meets World," has taken over the lead role of MaryAnne in "Hats!" from Melissa Manchester, at the Royal George Theatre. 
  33. ^ Jorgl, Stephanie. "Mark Romanek: Cinematic Music Videos". Apple Computers. Retrieved 8 October 2009. Romanek aspired to become a feature filmmaker from the time he first saw “2001” at the age of 9. Fortunately, he was able to attend a very progressive public high school near Chicago, New Trier East ... 
  34. ^ "Winnetka native, Charlotte Ross, New Trier class of 1986, in TV series Trinity". Wilmette Life. Wilmette, IL, USA: Pioneer Press. 22 October 1998. pp. B5. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  35. ^ "Rainn Wilson Hearts 'The Rocker'" (interview). OK! Magazine. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2009. We played two? gigs, one for a bunch of 11-year-olds who ended up stealing our patch chords in a church basement. Then our second gig was an audition for the Battle of The Bands, which we didn’t get into. That’s how bad we were; we were not even in the top six bands at New Trier High School (in Illinois). I was the singer. 
  36. ^ "Rainn Wilson" (biography). New York Times. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  37. ^ "Meet Judy". United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 3 September 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2009. Judy was born in Chicago on August 15, 1937 and attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. 
  38. ^ "U.S. Congress Database — Members of Congress: Judy Biggert". The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 4 September 2009. BIGGERT, Judith Borg, a Representative from Illinois; born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., August 15, 1937; attended New Trier High School, Winnetka, Ill. 
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  40. ^ "About Mark". biographical sketch. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 4 September 2009. Representative Kirk graduated from New Trier High School (Winnetka) and attended ... 
  41. ^ a b c Berger, Susan (27 July 2000). "Seeing the world through New Trier eyes". Winnetka Talk. Winnetka, IL: Pioneer Press. Retrieved 4 September 2009. The panel that gathered as part of a yearlong New Trier centennial celebration included: former U.S. Senator Charles Percy, class of 1937; former U.S. Rep. Donald Rumsfeld, class of 1950; current Ambassador Thomas Miller, class of 1966; Harvard professor Richard Sobel, class of 1967; and former political adviser Rahm Emanuel, class of 1977. 
  42. ^ a b c d Fusco, Chris (29 April 2001). "New Trier turns 100". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 4 September 2009. The school's many famous alums include Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former Sen. Charles Percy, chef Charlie Trotter and author Scott Turow. 
  43. ^ Day, Nancy (July–August 2004). "The Battle for Illinois". Harvard Magazine. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University. Retrieved 2 September 2009. Ryan played basketball for New Trier High School, then played football at Dartmouth. 
  44. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1973,' Biographical Sketch of James D. Swan, pg. 50
  45. ^ a b "Page Not Found". Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  46. ^ Rodrick, Stephen (4 April 2008). "Becoming Julia Allison: PR-savvy powerhouse or the media world's own Britney Spears? Read what it took semi-credible, self-made maelstrom Julia Allison to bumrush New York's media elite". Retrieved 13 September 2009. The smile echoes a girlish grin found in New Trier High School yearbook photos for a student named Julia Baugher. 
  47. ^ a b c d e f "New Trier Centennial - THE HONOR ROLL: JOURNALISTS". Chicago Tribune. 12 October 2000. 
  48. ^ Berger, Susan (15 February 2001). "New Trier alums report on the media". Wilmette Life. Wilmette, IL: Pioneer Press. Retrieved 13 September 2009. Television reporter Ann Compton returned to New Trier ... "I can't believe that I am standing on the same stage where we performed "Brigadoon" and "Of Thee I Sing," Compton, a member of the class of 1965 
  49. ^ a b c d "New Trier Centennial - THE HONOR ROLL: WRITERS AND POETS". Chicago Tribune. 12 October 2000. 
  50. ^ "Henry H. Neff". biographic sketch. Adams Literary. Retrieved 10 October 2009. Born in 1973, Henry H. Neff hails from the Chicago area and is a graduate of New Trier High School and Cornell University. 
  51. ^ Loerzel, Robert (27 April 2006). "Making a 'Clean' start". Glencoe News. Glencoe, IL, USA: Pioneer Press. When Wilmette native Sarah Ruhl attended New Trier High School ... 
  52. ^ Jones, Chris (19 September 2006). "Playwright cast in role of 'genius'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 10 October 2009. Sarah Ruhl -- emerging young playwright, New Trier graduate, Piven Theatre Workshop alumna and now certified MacArthur genius ... 
  53. ^ Vinson, Michael (August 2007). "Rewriting The Rules, Her Way". Watch & Listen. Chicago, IL, USA: Steppenwolf Theatre Company. 4. Retrieved 10 October 2009. A meeting of the New Trier High School alumni association would include some of the most accomplished and notable Americans in public life ... And now, the Winnetka, Illinois school has yet another graduate to celebrate: playwright Sarah Ruhl ... 
  54. ^ Solomon, Ruth (6 November 2008). "Sarah Ruhl headines Literary Fest". Winnetka Talk. Winnetka, IL, USA: Pioneer Press. When Wilmette native Sarah Ruhl attended New Trier High School, she applied to write for the student-written production, Lagniappe and was rejected. 
  55. ^ Wolkin, Mike; Keenom, Bill (2000). Michael Bloomfield: if you love these blues. San Francisco, CA, USA: Miller Freeman Books. p. 38. ISBN 0-87930-617-3. After prep school, Mike came back and tried to go to New Trier again to graduate. I don't remember what he did, exactly, but - oh, we all came to school drunk, and they threw us all out. None of us were allowed to graduate. 
  56. ^ a b Greenfield, Robert (2002). S.t.p.: A journey Through America With The Rolling Stones. Cambridge, MA, USA: Da Capo Press. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-306-81199-9. A friend of the band can be anyone from a musician like Mike Bloomfield, who went to high school with Marshall Chess back in Winnetka, Illinois ... 
  57. ^ a b Drake, David (30 October 2006). "The Cabaret Beat: A Collective Cy". Retrieved 27 September 2009. Liz Callaway and I went to high school together in Chicago. This will be our first singing in public together since we did Kismet at New Trier High School," he laughs ... 
  58. ^ "K.Flay is rap's great white, female hope - Interview". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  59. ^ "New Trier: Alum, Jeff Harnar, has cabaret act". Wilmette Life. Wilmette, IL, USA. 29 October 1992. pp. B10. 
  60. ^ Warrick, James (March 1999). "Northern Illinois University School of Music - news announcements for March, 1999" (PDF). Northern Illinois University School of Music. Retrieved 27 September 2009. This concert will feature all four of our New Trier Jazz Ensembles with special guest artist and New Trier alum, DAVE SAMUELS (vibes/marimba). 
  61. ^ "Dave Samuels, New Trier class of 1961, won Grammy award for Best Latin Jazz Recording for his Caribbean Jazz Project". Wilmette Life. Wilmette, IL, USA. 20 March 2003. pp. B5. 
  62. ^ "Center Stage" After a 22 year absence, William Susman returns to the Chicago area.
  63. ^ a b McKeough, Kevin (October 2005). "About a Boy". Chicago Magazine. (from page 2) Wentz attended North Shore Country Day School (where his mom, Dale, works as an administrator) and New Trier High School ... They formed Fall Out Boy in 2001 with Trohman-a New Trier junior who'd known Wentz since they were kids ... 
  64. ^ a b Sawyer, Sarah (2009). Fall Out Boy. New York, NY, USA: Rosen Publishing Group. pp. 14–15. ISBN 1-4358-5127-7. Joseph Trohman ... attended Washburne Junior High and New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois, which is where he met Wentz. 
  65. ^ "Through the Night with Peter Van de Graaff". Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  66. ^ Conway, Michael (23 April 1998). "Rock star returns to roots". Wilmette Life. Wilmette, IL, USA: Pioneer Press. Matt Walker, New Trier class of 1987, who has performed as a drummer with the Smashing Pumpkins, appeared as a guest artist at the spring jazz concert in Gaffney Auditorium. 
  67. ^ "Board Report to the Community: NEW TRIER TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 203" (PDF). November 2002. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Aaron Weinstein, senior, was a winner in Down Beat magazine’s Outstanding Performance High School Jazz category. 
  68. ^ Gans, Charles J. (27 March 2006). "He's Reviving the Jazz Violin". The Ledger. Lakeland, FL, USA. pp. D5. At New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., Weinstein founded a trio that he named after violinist Stephane Grappelli ... In 2002, Weinstein's trio was chosen the nation's best high-school instrumental jazz group by Downbeat magazine. 
  69. ^ Conney, Allan H. (2003). "INDUCTION OF DRUG-METABOLIZING ENZYMES: A Path to the Discovery of Multiple Cytochromes P450∗" (PDF). Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Annual Reviews. 43: 1–30. doi:10.1146/annurev.pharmtox.43.100901.135754. PMID 12540740. Retrieved 10 October 2009. Graduates from Winnetka’s New Trier High School included such notables as Jack Steinberger (Nobel Laureate, physics), Bruce Alberts (President, National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A.) ... 
  70. ^ McHale, Laurie (September 1996). "Putting the Puzzle Together". Columns. Now 50, King grew up in Wilmette, Ill., an upper middle class suburb of Chicago. She attended New Trier Township High School, regarded as one of the best public high schools in the country. 
  71. ^ "Rafael Sorkin". curriculum vitae. Syracuse University, Department of Physics. Retrieved 10 October 2009. Rafael Dolnick Sorkin grew up in Chicago and was educated at: New Trier Township High School (valedictorian, 1963)(National Merit Scholar), Harvard University (A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1966), California Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1974) 
  72. ^ Wali, Kameshwar C (ed) (1997). S. Chandrasekhar: the man behind the legend. London, UK: Imperial College Press. p. 70. ISBN 1-86094-038-2. (from Rafael Sorkin): The freethinking spirit in Chandra's family was nourished by the writings of the famous atheist Colonel Ingersoll, whose great-grandson (or grandnephew?) turned out to be my history teacher at New Trier High School! 
  73. ^ "Library showcases Nobel Laureate's gift to New Trier" (PDF). Board report to the Community. Winnetka, IL: New Trier Township High School District 203. Fall 2004. p. 3. Retrieved 2 September 2009. Inside—wrapped only in sheets of paper—was Mr. Steinberger's Nobel Prize medal. "The good beginning I received at New Trier was one of several important privileges in my life, and it is a pleasure to leave that token in good hands," Mr. Steinberger wrote. 
  74. ^ "Prof. Dr. Jack Steinberger". biographical sketch. The Nobel Laureates Meeting at Lindau. Retrieved 2 September 2009. Jack was taken in by a Chicago businessman, who put him into the respected New Trier Township High School (to whom Jack donated his Nobel medal) ... 
  75. ^ "Kenneth S. Suslick". Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  76. ^ "Ross Baumgarten". statistics & biographical sketch. The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  77. ^ Goddard, Joe (29 June 2003). "WHAT'S UP WITH ... Ross Baumgarten: Pitcher Baumgarten had fun while it lasted". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 7 September 2009. Baumgarten, who played high school ball at New Trier, threw six shutouts among his 22 victories for the White Sox ... 
  78. ^ "Profile: Ben Braun" (statistics & biography). Rice University Athletic Department. Retrieved 7 September 2009. A native of Chicago, Braun graduated from New Trier High School, where he starred in both basketball and baseball. 
  79. ^ Digilov, Yan (24 October 2008). "Under construction: Braun brings no-excuse formula to rebuild men's basketball". The Rice Thresher. Houston, TX: Rice University student press. Retrieved 7 September 2009. An anecdote from his youth as captain of a New Trier team on the path to a state title best describes his earliest approach to leadership: "One time, my best friend was eating too much at a pre-game meal, and I spit in his ice cream," Braun remembered. "We got into a fight and coach had to separate us. I did that because he didn't have the discipline to wait until after the game to eat ice cream." 
  80. ^ "Pete Burnside" (statistics & biographical information). The Baseball Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  81. ^ "John Castino" (statistics & biograhical information). The Baseball Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  82. ^ a b c d Mahoney, Dennis (1 July 2009). "Blue Jackets make New Trier's Moore the one". Glencoe News. Glencoe, IL: Pioneer Press. Retrieved 7 September 2009. Although he didn't play for the Trevians, Moore now rates among the school's elite all-time athletes after being selected by a professional team in the first round of a draft. He is believed to be the first New Trier product since football standout Clay Matthews in 1978 -- the No. 12 pick of the Cleveland Browns -- to earn the distinction of having his name called in a first round. Other high draft picks of note included John Castino, a third-round selection in the 1976 baseball draft by the Minnesota Twins, and Chuck Mercein, a third-round pick in the 1965 NFL draft by the New York Giants. 
  83. ^ Mariotti, Jay (10 April 1992). "Huff chased ballgames before fly balls for Sox". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 7 September 2009. The Sox claimed former New Trier and Northwestern standout Mike Huff on waivers from the Cleveland Indians. 
  84. ^ "Athlete & Celebrity Marketing". Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  85. ^ "New Trier, Evanston: Their ultimate must-win game". Glencoe News. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  86. ^ Reaven, Steve (21 January 2008). "Keeping up with... New Trier's Tommy Wingels". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  87. ^ Joyce, Barbara (Summer 1997). "Ivan Albright: Portrayer of Darkness and Decay". The Gazette. Winnetka, IL: Winnetka Historical Society. Retrieved 9 September 2009. Twins Ivan Le Lorraine and Malvin Marr were born in 1897 to Clara and Adam Emory Albright in North Harvey, Illinois ... The boys attended New Trier High School. In the 1915 yearbook their photographs are captioned, “The Albright Twins: Two heads are better than one.” 
  88. ^ Griffen, Cheever (May 2001). "New Trier Confidential: An inside look at the high school as it celebrates its 100th birthday". Glenview, IL: Retrieved 9 September 2009. Founded in 1901, New Trier annually sends off hundreds of students to the finest universities in the land and has produced over the years a long list of luminaries: actors Ann-Margret and Charlton Heston, makeup artist Bobbi Brown and United States Senator Charles Percy. 
  89. ^ Bumiller, Elisabeth (15 June 1997). "The Brothers Emanuel". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 September 2009. Shoshana ... like her brothers, she graduated from New Trier ... The conversation the brothers continue to have about Shoshana is also, of course, a conversation about themselves. 
  90. ^ Ross, Janice. "Anna Halprin: experience as dance". biography. University of California Press, 2007, p. 53. The former head of the PE program at Ann's old alma mater, New Trier High School...hired her. 
  91. ^ "Nancy Spero biography & curriculum vitae". Procuniar Workshop. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  92. ^ "Nancy Spero: biographic and professional information". Anthony Reynolds Gallery. 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  93. ^ "True Believers; Hot Rocks; Breach of Faith". CNN & Time. 6 August 2000. Retrieved 8 December 2007. 
  94. ^ Dedman, Bill (6 July 1999). "Midwest Gunman Had Engaged In Racist Acts at 2 Universities". New York Times. Retrieved 2 September 2009. The quotation that Benjamin Smith chose for his senior yearbook in 1996 at New Trier High School was ... 
  95. ^ Jensen, Trevor; Olivio, Antonio (3 November 2006). "Bradley Roland Will: 1970 - 2006 : Filmmaker hoped to change world" (PDF). Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2 September 2009. A 1988 graduate of New Trier High School, Mr. Will for the last decade had traveled throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe on behalf of various causes