In Memory

Gail Mansfield

Gail grew up in Glencoe. She graduated from Central Junior High. She had polio when she was younger, but she fully recovered and was a wonderful athlete and had a warm, funny personality. Gail attended the University of Illinois in Champaign, then transferred to the Univ. of Illinois Chicago campus from which she graduated.  Following her dream and gifted talent as an actress/comedienne, Gail moved to New York and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Living in Manhattan, she appeared in several off-Broadway and off-off Broadway plays and musicals as well as regional theatres such as the Lake Placid Playhouse, and directed the off-Broadway show “Once I Saw a Boy Laughing.  Gradually she transitioned into the creative side of advertising working for major New York agencies such as Compton, and then followed an opportunity as a Creative Director back to Chicago.  She met and married Lawrence Davis of Glenview and they lived in Highland Park working together developing small shopping centers in the Chicago area until they moved to Florida.  Gail passed away in 1995 from cancer.



Noted by Martie Jacobs Krassek.  Thank you Martie. Gail was one of those special friends during our years at New Trier. She always had a smile and made you laugh..I'll never forget her in the "Dick & Jane" routine in Lagnaippe!!  

Sue Giallombardo Walker





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06/19/13 09:36 AM #1    

Howard Klee

I remember Gail well from our days in grade school and junior high.  When she had polio I used to visit her at her home.  She had a wonderful spirit which never seemed to fail.  A great sense of humor and a wonderful smile.

Howard Klee

06/19/13 01:32 PM #2    

Linda Eichengreen

Gail was a gem. She had a great spirit. Always ready to entertain us and make us laugh.


06/19/13 01:39 PM #3    

David Kallick

My wife went to college at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana with Gail. They were sorority sisters for 4 years-Sigma Delta Tau (SDT).  "Gail was a terrific person.  So much fun and great to be around. Talented, goofy and sorely missed. Think she had a red car that she named and loved and drove everywhere."

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