In Memorial

Robert Filler

Date of Death: January 8th, 2019
2 in Shevat 5779


Robert Filler, 95, died Jan. 8th, husband of the late Miriam, nee Holland; father of Debby Filler, Rebecca (Tom) Helgesen, Daniel (Chapin) Filler, Michael (Mary Beth) Knize and the late Susan Filler; grandfather of 8; brother of the late Ruth (Lawrence) Jacobs and the late George Filler; uncle and friend to many. The son of Alfred and Ethel, Robert "Bob"was born in Brooklyn and graduated from City College of New York. During World War II he served in the Army in Chicago. There he met Lael Rosenbloom, whom he married in 1945. After the war he earned his Ph.D in chemistry - in under four years -- at the University of Iowa. Bob began teaching at Ohio Wesleyan University. In 1954, when Lael passed away, he and their three young daughters, Susan, Rebecca and Debby, moved to Gary, Indiana. Bob then joined the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1959, he married Miriam, who brought a son, Michael, to the family. In 1962, they had another son, Daniel. Bob and Miriam remained fiercely devoted to each other throughout their long lives. At IIT, Bob was a professor of chemistry, chair of the chemistry department, and dean of the Lewis College of Sciences and Letters. He was an active researcher and scholar, receiving numerous grants, publishing over 180 papers, and advising scores of graduate students. Bob was an active member of the American Chemical Society continuously from 1947, and in 1976 he chaired the fluorine division. He lectured widely, serving as a visiting professor at universities in England, Israel, and Germany, as well as giving papers in Russia, Poland and Japan. After retirement, Bob co-founded an RandD start-up, working into his nineties. He was a lifelong sports fan, from the Brooklyn Dodgers to the Chicago White Sox. He loved to sing and dance with Miriam to classics like "let's dance at the make-believe ballroom." When not traveling abroad, he loved showing his family the breadth and beauty of the United States, taking them to conferences and vacationing from coast to coast. Chapel service Friday 12:15 PM at Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, 1700 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. Interment Shalom Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sholom Home Bentsen Assisted Living Center in St. Paul, MN ( For information or to leave condolences: 847-255-3520 or

Service Information

Service : Friday, January 11th at 12:15 pm
Service Location: Shalom Chapel Service -Shalom Memorial Funeral Home

Shalom Memorial Park

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January 14th, 2019

Attending IIT Graduate School, I met Dr. Filler on the first day of my enrollment in the Chemistry Department in the Fall of 1972. Our class was small ( four of us) and Dr. Filler heartily welcomed us to the department. He also offered us all desks in his research lab so we could study together. An offer which we all took advantage of for the first semester.

I recall Dr. Filler as a man who always had a smile and friendly greeting for the students in the Department. He always shared his time with students, and was devoted to their success. This in spite of the fact that not one of us, chose him as their Dissertation Advisor.

He was a gracious gentleman, who impacted the lives of many students in a positive way. A teacher and a leader. May is family be comforted by knowing the Dr. Filler was respected by the students of IIT.

Charles P, Guengerich
IIT Ph.D. Graduate

~Charles Guengerich
~Student, Chicago, IL

January 10th, 2019

Miriam was my father’s cousin, my Grandma was Lena Holland. I have fond memories of spending time with Bob and Miriam and my parents speaking of his devotion to her and helping her hear. It was special to witness.

~Jan Ellman Campbell
~Distant relative, Fox Lake Il

January 9th, 2019

I have fond memories of Bob since the time I interviewed for a Faculty position at Illinois Tech in 1983. Bob was the Dean of the Lewis College at that time and I remember interviewing with him. After I joined the university and Bob returned to his Faculty position in the Department of Chemistry he was always very supportive of my research and career.

After Bob retired, he remained a presence at Illinois Tech and I was always delighted to see him at special events such as the Kilpatrick Lectures or the re-dedication of the Life Sciences Building.

My sincerest condolences to Bob's children and grandchildren both personally and on behalf of the Illinois Tech Department of Chemistry in my current role as Interim Chair.

Carlo Segre

~Carlo Segre
~IIT Colleague, Evanston, IL


Yahrzeit Dates For Robert Filler

Tradition directs us in the evening before the Yahrzeit dates listed below, the anniversary of our loved one's day of death, we are to kindle a candle in our homes as a reminder of their place in our hearts.

Gregorian Date
2nd of Shevat 57801/28/2020
2nd of Shevat 57811/15/2021
2nd of Shevat 57821/4/2022
2nd of Shevat 57831/24/2023
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