Theodore Lams

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Birth Date: November 11, 1905

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Spouse: Hildegard Lams

Children: 4 Daughters

Interesting information on life, career, accomplishments:

Theodore Lams was Mayor of Mount Prospect through a large part of the post war boom. Lams had been a trustee from 1945 until he became Mayor in 1953. When he was Mayor, the population more than doubled and the developed area of Mount Prospect grew immensely.

One of the largest developments in Mount Prospect, Randhurst, started while Lams was Mayor. Although the grand opening happened the year after he left office, he was certainly involved in the development. When Randhurst was built, malls were a new idea and Randhurst was one of the largest. People came out from Chicago and all of the neighboring communities to wander around inside what was then the largest air-conditioned space in the country.

Lams may have been Mount Prospect’s most artistic Mayor. He received his Masters degree in Music and worked as a professor of Music at Northwestern University for the majority of his professional career.

He was also involved in other community organizations. He was a founder and board member of the Northwestern Suburban YMCA, one of the original organizers of North West Community Hospital, a long term member of the Mount Prospect Lions Club, and a president of the Saint Paul School Board.

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