It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Chairperson Emeritus Jack Schillinger on January 4, 2017, at the age of 96.
Jack served as the Chairperson on the board for United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida for many years. In that leadership role, Jack was able to help grow the organization from a building located in downtown Miami to a tri-county organization serving hundreds of individuals over a period of many years. Jack helped with expanding the organization to include the assisted living facilities serving strictly the elderly population.
Jack was an astute businessman and became involved with United Cerebral Palsy in 1955 after his daughter Lynn was born in 1952 and diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 3. Jack and his wife Marjorie, who preceded him in death, were at every UCP Telethon in Miami from the beginning to the end of the show and frequently attended annual conferences.
Jack was an active and well respected voice both at the national and local level of UCP. He served on the UCP national Board of Trustees and served on the Finance Committee for many years. In 2014, UCP of South Florida recognized Jack for his ongoing efforts and countless hours of hard work by naming the original building, located in downtown Miami, after him.
Accolades for his ongoing efforts on behalf of the children and adults with developmental disabilities continued by being awarded in 2015 the UCP National Chair Award at the Annual Conference in Chicago. Jack was delighted with the honor and his attendance and participation at the conference was a highlight for all of those who had the opportunity to spend some time with him and his daughter Robin.
Jack had a great sense of humor, a great ability to tell a story, a passion for people with disabilities and a desire to make life better for others. His words, said when asked about what advice he would give a parent, was ” Don’t give up. Do the best you can.” And, he did just that.