North Park College and Theological Seminary, Illinois

This weekend features a postcard folio of the educational institution where my great uncle C A Jacokes taught as a Math professor most of his professional life. I don’t list his full name since he didn’t have one. He was named C A on his birth certificate and was always referred to by the family as C A.

This folio is dated 1960, which was just after North Park renamed itself as a College. in 1997 it was retitled again to North Park University, while remaining in its original location in the Chicago suburbs and its original function as the sole seminary for the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Mentioned in the descriptive text is North Park Academy, a high school program operated by the College. It was closed after graduation ceremonies in 1969.

1960
Custom Studios, 202 E. 44th St., New York 17, NY
1960

Custom Studios, 202 E. 44th St., New York 17, NY

1960

Custom Studios, 202 E. 44th St., New York 17, NY

1960

Custom Studios, 202 E. 44th St., New York 17, NY

1960

Custom Studios, 202 E. 44th St., New York 17, NY

1960

Custom Studios, 202 E. 44th St., New York 17, NY

1960

Custom Studios, 202 E. 44th St., New York 17, NY

Curiously, the captions on the portrait format photos are along the long edge intstead of the bottom of the photos, which would match the other photos in this collection. Presumably, the manual layout techniques of this era did not allow for the publisher to put captions on the short edges, something that would be trivial today.

These photos also show some interesting historical details of the technology and lifestyles of that time, particularly in the campus store, the language lab and the medical clinic.

3 thoughts on “North Park College and Theological Seminary, Illinois

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  2. mike n

    C A Jacokes ( or Jake as all of us called him ) was absolutely th best proffesor of mathematics EVER.
    A gentle man with a wonderful sense of humor. We could always find him in his office even at 10pm if we needed help. I learned from him what mathematics was all about. He was the reason I spent 50 years as a mathematics teacher.
    Mike N

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    1. deans Post author

      I was very lucky to know him, as we both shared a love of puzzles, particularly the mathematical kind. I still have a small collection of his puzzle books that he accumulated over the years. He also collected unusual tie clips, some of which he made himself from the rocks he found, but most interesting was the fully functional abacus tie clip which I am proud to wear even today.

      I suspect he became a teacher because his closest sibling, my Grandmother Leo Elaine, was an elementary teacher her whole life, and CA was always inspired and motivated by her, even in his latter years. She was the one who kept him working to overcome the limitations of his stroke, and when she died, it was such a blow to him that he died less than 6 months later.

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