The Trusted Adviser
May 2012 | Volume 5 · Number 3

In Memoriam

Andrew C. Dystrup, ATG Member, Director, and Friend, June 27, 1945 - April 3, 2012

ATG recently lost a great friend and longtime supporter in Andrew "Andy" Dystrup, who died April 3, 2012, due to complications following a lung transplant.

Andy was an ATG member for 40 years and served on our board for 36 of those years, including two years as chairman from 1996-1998. Andy was also a member of ATG subsidiary, ATG Trust Company.

We remember fondly his thoughtful and insightful comments in committee discussions, as well as the kind and no-nonsense approach he brought to every meeting as chairman. His letter to ATG members in the 1997 annual report best sums up his view of ATG as an organization:

An unwritten aspect of ATG’s philosophy that is worth celebrating is more difficult to define: In addition to the fact that ATG is a dynamic, effective, mission-oriented company, it has a soul and a spirit that has endured and grown over the last thirty-three years. It isn’t attributable to any one member, director, or employee, but something that exists because of our collective vision and the level of care – about our work, our clients, and one another – that is evidenced each and every day…. Because of this soul, this affinity, and this spirit, the answer to “Where is ATG today?” is found almost everywhere in our profession, and even in our day-to-day lives….To those who are just now getting to know this organization…I welcome you. To those who have been around as long as I have, I thank you for your commitment and encourage you to renew your spark that adds to the spirit of ATG.

We’ll miss Andy’s spark, to be sure. Our deepest sympathy to Carolyn, his devoted wife of 42 years, their daughters Erika (Brian) Forsythe and Heather (Herman) Chiang, and their grandchildren Lauren and Garrett Forsythe and Colin and Marlowe Chiang.

Andy was a graduate of Lockport schools and the University of Illinois, receiving a BS in chemical engineering and a JD degree. He practiced law in Joliet for 41 years and was a member of the Illinois Bar Association, Lincolnway Community Bank, and The Will County Community Foundation.

[Last update: 4-19-12]