Herman H. Lackner '30 (1998)

In the spirit of his 1930 Mirror quotation "They are lost who have not speech" (applied to Herman by an anonymous classmate)—he still says what he thinks. When not designing buildings as an architect or delivering himself of strong opinions, he has been active in the Chicago Literary Club, traveling, reading and, on occasion, entertaining members of the North Shore Alumni Senior Class (alumni who have passed their 5Oth Reunion). He is, in short, a dynamo.
In the spirit of his 1930 Mirror quotation "They are lost who have not speech" (applied to Herman by an anonymous classmate)—he still says what he thinks. When not designing buildings as an architect or delivering himself of strong opinions, he has been active in the Chicago Literary Club, traveling, reading and, on occasion, entertaining members of the North Shore Alumni Senior Class (alumni who have passed their 5Oth Reunion). He is, in short, a dynamo.

When asked how far back his interest in architecture goes, Herman replies, "I can't remember a time when I wasn't interested in it." One prophetic experience from his Lower School years at North Shore was in 6th grade. His teacher, Miss Griffith, had assigned the class the project of starting an imaginary business. Herman and his pal, Carl Koch, formed an architectural practice. A fellow alumnus wrote of Herman as a "a dedicated architect and enthusiastic alumnus of North Shore touching everyone with the magic of his humor and joi de vivre. He is truly synonymous with all that is best in what we consider an alumnus(a) at North Shore Country Day."

Herman attended Harvard College and the Armour Institute (later Illinois Institute of Technology) and was privately tutored with engineer Arthur Randall. His experience working with Mies van der Robe on his famous buildings for IIT was most memorable, influencing his career as a Chicago architect with modernist leanings. In 1945, he opened his own firm in Winnetka where his work can most prominently be seen.

Herman's devotion to The North Shore Country Day School ranks with his devotion to modem architecture. The youngest of four children to attend North Shore, the School has been in his blood almost as long as architecture. He was an early president of the Alumni Association, a key planner in the first 5Oth reunion and an active member of the Alumni Senior Class. He has been an active supporter of current North Shore events, missing only a few productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operas over the years. In his words: "I go each time thinking they can't possibly do it as well as we did it, but they always do!"

The North Shore Country Day School proudly honors Herman H. Lackner with the 1998 Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition.

Presented June 10, 1998
William B. Hinchliff '64
The North Shore Country Day School
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