NEWSFor Immediate Release
Funeral services announced for Seaway Bank Chairman Jacoby Dickens
Prominent business leader opened doors for entrepreneurs, capital access in underserved areas
CHICAGO, April 16, 2013
The City of Chicago has lost Jacoby Dickens, the chairman of Seaway Bank and Trust Company and one of its foremost business and community leaders.Visitation will be Saturday, April 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by funeral services
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chicago State University’s Jones Convocation Center, 9501 S. King
Mr. Dickens was listed among Chicago Magazine’s “20 Most Influential People in Chicago” and
had been inducted into the Chicago Business Hall of Fame.
"He was part of a
cadre' of extraordinary philanthropic and successful businessentrepreneurs
and was a role model for all of us,” said John Rogers, President of Ariel CapitalInvestments. “He was
a great business genius with a commitment to h
A longtime resident of Chicago, Mr. Dickens was elected to the Board of Seaway Bank in 1979and served as Vice Chairman before becoming Chairman in 1983. A champion for the African-American and civic communities, Mr. Dickens served as chairman of the Committee to ElectHarold Washington; as a Commissioner of Economic Development for the City of Chicago; andas a member board of the Chicago Urban League, Chicago State University Foundation, and theSchool of Business at Florida A&M University. He also served as a trustee at the Museum of Science and Industry; at DePaul University, where a scholarship-and-loan program was named inhis honor, and at Chicago State University, to which he donated more than $1 million. In 1995,the Physical Education and Athletics Building was named for him.Mr. Dickens began his career at the city at the Chicago Board of Education and demonstrated anentrepreneurial flair that earned him the distinction as one of the
most admired businessthought leaders.