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The memorial bunting is placed over the entry way of Village Hall as the Village of Park Forest mourns the passing of former Village Trustee Alicia Rodman McCray. Trustee Rodman McCray, her husband Robert, and son, Erik, lived and enjoyed life in Park Forest for more than 40 years. Mrs. Rodman McCray was originally appointed as Village Trustee in 1991. She was successful in getting re-elected by the Park Forest electorate in 1992. She served two terms on the Village Board of Trustees.
Trustee Rodman McCray was a longtime advocate of Park Forest and an activist in the community. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, Mrs. McCray was very active with the Park Forest Commission on Human Relations and its Mediation Task Force. A leadership force in Park Forest and the southland, she served several terms on the Board of Education for School District 162 and was the longtime chair. In her work life, Alicia Rodman McCray worked in the arenas of urban planning and consulting services. She was also the Director of the Metropolitan Institute for Leadership in Education (MILE) program at Governors State University.
An integral member of the Board for the Cook County Housing Authority, serving as vice-chair, Mrs. Rodman McCray was a staunch advocate of fair housing and access to quality health services for all. In the area of health service, Mrs. Rodman McCray was a member of the Board for the Friends of the Park Forest Health Department and was on the national board for YWCA.
A supporter of the arts, Alicia Rodman McCray was involved with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and supporter of the Tall Grass Arts Association.
It was because of all of the above work and accomplishments that Alicia Rodman McCray was inducted in the Park Forest Historical Society’s Park Forest Hall of Fame in 2013.