Resident Features


The story of Clare resident Adina Sella is one of survival. She grew up in the midst of the Holocaust, her girlhood tainted with oppression and fear. But Adina’s survival story extends far beyond her Holocaust experience:


At a young age, Clare resident John Clum fell hard for theatre. “Like most things, it’s kind of an irrational love,” John says. “My parents took me to the theatre as long as I can remember.”


Those who choose to live at The Clare lead rich, fulfilling lives. Among the resident ranks are lawyers, doctors, professors, artists and more – and notably, quite a few journalists. Four Clare residents and former journalists reflect on their careers, their accomplishments and their struggles, and how the media has changed over the years:


Interacting with people on some of the most joyous and inspiring days of their lives has been a major perk for Clare resident Virginia Wolff throughout her career. As an event florist who was contracted for more than 1,500 weddings, along with galas, fundraisers and other momentous occasions, she’s been blessed with that opportunity time and again:


Clare resident John Buchanan didn’t always intend to become a pastor. Little did he know that a decision to come to Hyde Park with his wife, Sue Buchanan in 1959 would result in a 50-plus-year career as a pastor and a lasting impression on a long-standing Gold Coast church and the surrounding community:


For some, art is simply a hobby. For others, art is a way to make a living. But for Clare resident Wendy Nixon, art is a means of survival.

“My definition of peace of mind, healing and happiness is closely associated with artistic expression,” Wendy says. “The older I get, the more I believe that arts, crafts and writing hold far more answers to my health issues than doctor’s visits.”


If you had asked Clare resident Jim Stack years ago how he might fill his time during retirement, drawing most certainly would not have topped his list. Even so, as he contemplated what his retirement might entail, he couldn’t help but consider art. This curiosity led him to explore portrait drawing, sculpting and photography—all without an art background:


Sixty-five years after deployment, Clare resident Bob Spieler received the recognition he has lacked for his two years of service during the Korean War. On May 10, he took his Honor Flight, an all-expenses-paid visit to Washington, D.C. for a day of honor, remembrance and celebration:


For 72 years, Clare resident Gertrude “Trudy” Mack’s world has revolved around social work. Now, at the age of 97, Trudy has received recognition for her long-standing career in the form of the Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work's Damen Award. On June 9, Trudy, along with 27 family members and her former boss, celebrated the achievement at Loyola’s Founders’ Dinner: