Joe’s work has been recognized nationwide and earned him feature coverage in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Wall Street Journal, Ebony Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, the CBS Evening News and ABC’s 20/20. His numerous awards and recognitions include an honorary PhD from National Lewis University, the first Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year Award given by Merrill Lynch, Parent Magazine’s Raoul Wallenberg Award, the National Glass Association’s Community Service Award, Loyola University’s Civic Award, and the American Red Cross Hero Award. In addition, he served on numerous charitable boards, community commissions, and business associations, including the Illinois Racing Board, Special Children’s Charities, Business and Professional People in the Public Interest, and the National Glass Association/Auto Glass Industry Council.
Joe Kellman was a titan of the Chicago business community and a lifelong advocate for children and families in the North Lawndale area. He died peacefully on Thursday, January 7, 2010, at his home in Texas on his 90th birthday, surrounded by his loving wife, LouAnne, and his family.
Joe lived a long and fulfilling life that he shared fully with his friends, family, and those in need of a helping hand. He will be remembered always as a man of exceptional integrity who was committed to equity of opportunity for all people.