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Lester McKeever

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Accountant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa, Europe
Favorite Quote:
Experience is a drag.

Birthplace

Born:
6/15/1934
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Accountant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa, Europe
Favorite Quote:
Experience is a drag.

Birthplace

Born:
6/15/1934
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Lester McKeever was born on June 15, 1934, in Chicago and was raised in the city. McKeever graduated from Douglas Elementary School and Wendell Phillips High School. He was educated at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and studied law at the Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law.

After law school, McKeever joined the accounting firm of Washington & Pittman, thus beginning a long career. In 1976, McKeever was elected to Washington & Pittman's Board of Directors as a managing partner and eventually the firm was renamed Washington, Pittman & McKeever. A passionate civic leader, McKeever has served on the Finance Committee under Chicago mayors Harold Washington and Richard M. Daley. In 1997, he made history when he was appointed chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. With this position he oversees bank operations in Chicago.

In 1993, McKeever was elected to the Illinois Institute of Technology's Board of Directors. McKeever is also the treasurer of the University of Illinois Board of Trustee. McKeever has served as board chairman for the Chicago Urban League and is an active member of the Metropolitan Planning Council and the Neighborhood Institute Development Corporation. His wife, Nancy, is a former Chicago public school teacher. They have two children, Steven and Susan, both of whom are lawyers.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lester McKeever describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lester McKeever remembers his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lester McKeever recalls his childhood home on Chicago's South Side
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lester McKeever remembers his early school life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lester McKeever describes his childhood behavior
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lester McKeever details his early support network
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lester McKeever remembers influential classmates
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lester McKeever remembers his mentors, the Beasleys
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Lester McKeever recalls his college experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lester McKeever remembers his years at the University of Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lester McKeever recalls his post-college pursuits
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lester McKeever reviews his years in the military
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lester McKeever discusses his wife
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lester McKeever recalls his military duty in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lester McKeever recalls his beginnings in accounting
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lester McKeever discusses the history of accounting
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lester McKeever discusses African American art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lester McKeever discusses his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lester McKeever expresses his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lester McKeever wants to be remembered as someone who contributed
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lester McKeever reflects on community involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lester McKeever discusses his involvement in the racing industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lester McKeever reflects on his family's history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lester McKeever talks about starting his accounting practice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lester McKeever talks about his growing responsibilites at Smith Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lester McKeever describes the impetus behind African American businesses becoming successful on a larger scale
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lester McKeever addresses a question about his qualifications for becoming managing partner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lester McKeever recalls hisrise to managing partner at his firm
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lester McKeever discusses how he helped his firm through Chicago United and other community building activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lester Mckeever reflects on his career and the firm he has helped to build
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lester McKeever talks about the future for black in accounting and business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Lester McKeever compares the work ethic and education of the younger generation to his generation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Lester McKeever describes his mentors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Lester McKeever details his tenure on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank