Dr. Robert A. Kurfirst, Jr., 60, a political science professor and Niles resident, passed away on Sept. 21.
Dr. Kurfirst played a role in helping the village establish an Ethics Committee in the wake of former mayor Nicholas Blase's conviction on federal corruption charges. Dr. Kurfirst served on a Village of Niles committee which laid the groundwork for the current Ethics Committee, in approximately 2009-10.
Dr. Kurfirst also aided a movement by some other citizens on that exploratory ethics committee to craft a term-limits referendum for Niles.
"He helped, supported and advised me," said Joseph Makula, a Niles citizen who succeeded in getting a referendum on term limits onto the April 9 ballot. Niles voters passed it.
Makula clarified that two attorneys, not Kurfirst, actually wrote the referendum language.
The obituary from Skaja Funeral Home follows: Dr. Robert A. Kurfirst, Jr, passed away September 21, 2013, loving father of Christian; former husband of Karen; brother of Fredrick; loving uncle of Allanah and Fredrick, Jr. There will be a memorial visitation at the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home 7812 N. Milwaukee Avenue Niles on Monday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral info: 847-966-7302.