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Michael G. Woll Fund

Michael G. WollThe Pauls Foundation is pleased to announce the new Michael G. Woll Fund.

Michael G. Woll was born in Chicago on September 27, 1944.  He was a very intelligent, generous and talented man.  His love for music started at an early age with singing in church choirs.

Mike graduated from DePaul University with a degree in journalism. His successful career in business started with working in the mail room at General Reinsurance Company and ending as a Chief Administration Officer at AON Corporation.

He married Laura Payonk in 1983.  They had a son, Michael, in 1984, which was one of the happiest moments in his life.

He was a long time personal supporter of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for many years, being a Governing Member as well.  He also supported the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the CSO's learning orchestra personally, as well as through his advisory role within the Pauls Foundation.  Mike enjoyed attending pre-concert lectures before symphony peformances and conversing with the guest speakers.  He always enjoyed spending time with the kids we sponsored and found, taking them out after they performed, was always a learning experience in finding out how they got interested in music as well as why they choose the instrument they were playing.  He took every occasion to mentor these fine student musicians very seriously. 

His joie de vivre filled all those around him, and his love for the musical arts is greatly missed by all here at the Foundation.  It cannot be replaced, however, we hope that we can keep Mike’s name alive for many years through our support of the groups he so loved in the Chicago area. 

Mike was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2005 and never quit fighting this disease.  Mike was always positive and cheerful throughout his illness.  He always thought music therapy was the best cure to this disease.  He lost his fight with cancer on June 6, 2014 surrounded by family and friends. 

He was a great man, husband, father and friend.  He was a trusted advisor to the Pauls Foundation and will surely be missed by all who knew him.

To make a donation toward the Michael G. Woll Fund to help sponsor and support Chicago area music students in Mike Woll's memory, please click on this link to go to our Paypal donation site.  Please note that your gift is in Mike Woll's memory.  Your gift in Mike's name is fully tax deductible per the rules of the IRS.


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