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Many thanks from Ken's family for all the interest and contributions from the his community, colleagues and friends. Ken was a wonderful example of how to contribute to society and improve the lives of others in both direct and indirect ways.

Memories & Candles

“I think of Ken almost every day, and I still miss him. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Margaret Huyck - Chicago, IL

“I was looking up Dr. Schug in a Google search to catch up on his latest activities and was saddened to find his obituary. He was my advisor and was...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Sean Hill - Edwardsville, IL

“Ken participated in a special class on Unity and Poetry, in 2006, led by First Unitarian Church members Krista and Jon Berliner. We all tried our...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Margaret Huyck - Chicago, IL

“Sorting through more of Ken's files, I came across what he wrote for a special Adult Religious Exploration course in writing poetry we participated...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Margaret Huyck - Chicago, IL

“Ken and I worked together on numerous IPROs including ones aimed at blind and visually impaired swimmers and assisting the rural poor in Peru. He was...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: dan ferguson - Chicago IL

“I enrolled in IIT's graduate program in Chemistry in Fall of 1972, Ken was the first faculty member that the new students met since at the time he...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Charles Guengerich - Chicago, IL

“Such a smart, sweet, generous and unpretentious man. Zarinah, Jim and I will miss him dearly. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Aneesah Ali - Friend

“I have known Mr. Schug for a long time. Met him through scouting and his son Blake in the late 1960's. There are numerous stories of him giving his...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Danny Sugimoto - Oak Park, IL

“In the beginning, back in the early 1970s, Ken was my colleague who shared my passion for crossing disciplinary boundaries in the E-3 program ...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Margaret Huyck - Chicago, IL

“Grandpa Ken was one of my biggest softball fans. Whenever he had the opportunity he would come watch me play. One of my favorite memories with...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Kara Schug - Clovis, CA

“It was always nice to see Uncle Ken when he would go to Calif. for Christmas when I was there visiting also. One of the fun memories I have is when I...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Sarita Schug Sparks - Kalamazoo, MI

xmas in Long Beach CA in 2009 for Ken's twin family. “Uncle Ken would come to California once in awhile for Christmas and this year almost the whole Karl Schug family came together for the holidays. It...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Cindy Engle - McKinleyville, CA

Kenneth Robert Schug
August 27, 1924 – May 29, 2013

Kenneth Schug was born in Easton, Pennsylvania to Howard Lester and Marion Hulbert Schug, along with his twin brother Karl. In addition to his twin, Ken also had a younger brother, Fred, born in 1926. His elementary and high school education occurred in North Canton, Ohio. Ken attended one year of college at Johns Hopkins University, then transferred to and finished undergraduate study Phi Beta Kappa at Stanford University in just two more years. He went to Chicago in 1945 to work and a Cooperative and do some post-graduate studies at University of Chicago. There he met his future wife, Miyoko Ishiyama over a dish of Octopus. They were married in 1948, at the Howarth House, a student housing cooperative. They lived in New Jersey for a year where Ken was an instructor at Seton Hall and their first child, Carey was born. The family moved to Los Angeles where Kens formal training ended with a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Southern California, but he remained a student of humanity for the rest of his life. After some post-doc work and teaching in Madison, Wisconsin, where Blake was born, the family moved to Chicago in 1956 where they would stay.

The parental influences on Ken included the belief that all people should be accepted equally. His mother would be openly upset with bigotry that was present during the years that he was raised. His father, who fought in World War I, raised their three sons with pacifist views because of his experiences in the war.

In 1948 Ken married Miyoko Ishiyama; they had three sons, Carey Tyler, Carson Blake, and Reed Porter, all of whom grew up in Hyde Park. He began a full time position at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1956 as a Professor of Chemistry. His areas of research were within the field of inorganic chemistry. Ken retired in 2012 after 56 years on the faculty at Illinois Institute of Technology. Besides teaching and research, he had several tenures as chair of the Chemistry Department, spent a year as a Fulbright scholar living with his family in Japan (1964-1965), and initiated multiple innovative programs in multidisciplinary science education. These included the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program (dedicated to bringing more minority students into these careers by reaching out to begin early identification and involvement in high school); WIS-REACH, Women in Science: Re-Entry into Analytical Chemistry; SMILE, Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement; and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Biological Sciences Program. He was very involved with the IPRO (InterProfessional Projects) program at IIT, designed to provide multidisciplinary project-based learning; as one of the projects, he led two groups of students to Peru to design and implement projects to enhance the lives of the rural poor.

Among his community service activities he was a Trustee for the Michael Reese Health Plan (1976-91) and a Michael Reese Trustee (1991-1994); Board of Directors of the Hyde Park Consumers Coop Society (1982-94); member of the Senior Advisory Council at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (2002-06) and member of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club Board (2011-); community representative on the Ray School Council (2004-2012); member of the organizing committee for the Chicago Hyde Park Village (2011-12) and of the Board of the CHPV (2013-); member and President of the Chicago Hyde Park OWL (Older Women's League) chapter (2004 on). He was an enthusiastic participant with the lawn bowling group and the garden fair. Since 2002, he has been a very active member with the First Unitarian Society, including service as President and member of the recent ministerial search committee.

Ken was preceded in death by his twin brother Karl, wife Miyo, and son Reed. He is survived by his younger brother Fred, sons Carey and Blake, and four grandchildren, Collin, Keaton, Lenya and Kara. A memorial celebration of his contributions to diverse communities was held on Saturday morning, July 13, 2013 at the First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn. Those wishing to have copies of text or pictures from the celebration should contact Blake Schug at In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in his honor be sent to the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program, The First Unitarian Church, The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, OWL National, the Southern Poverty Law Center, or the Japanese American Society in Chicago.

Ken Schug led many pioneering science education programs designed to bring the excitement of discovery to diverse students, particularly women and minorities. He and his family moved to Hyde Park in 1956, where Ken has been involved in many community organizations. He died on May 29, 2013 of pancreatic cancer.

We will continue to update this website as a celebration of his life, please return to look for future contributions, including "Miyo's Tale", the life story of his wife which he authored in the years following her death (2002).