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Case Hoogendoorn Collection, 1965-1986

By Phil Erffmeyer, April 2014

Collection Overview

Title: Case Hoogendoorn Collection, 1965-1986

ID: COLL/539

Creator: Hoogendoorn, Case

Extent: 0.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 00/00/2013


Details the lawsuit brought by parents from the Lawndale neighborhood of western Chicago against the Timothy Christian School, a private school that refused to admit Black children in the late 1960s.  Contains filings, correspondence, brief, research files from the plaintiffs, whose legal team was led by attorney Case Hoogendoorn.  The school was closed and the building sold during this time, consequently the lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice on 28 February 1972.

The Timothy-Lawndale controversy, 1965-1972, developed after Black members of a Christian Reformed Church living in the Lawndale neighborhood on the west side of Chicago asked for admission of their children to the Timothy Christian School, a private, K-4 school in nearby Cicero.  Because of the racism and threats from residents in Cicero and racism among the school's parents, the school's board delayed the admissions, instead offering free bus service to a Christian school about 25 miles away.  The situation escalated into a church dispute, open protests, and the resignations by four teachers in 1969.  The synod of the Christian Reformed Church (the denomination's annual gathering of representatives to deal with matters concerning the denomination) in 1970 instructed the local regional body, Classis Chicago North, to correct what some deemed to be racially exclusionary policies of some members serving special Christian institutions. In 1971, when Classis had not taken meaningful action, parents from Lawndale filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the school in the U.S. District Court.  Legal counsel for the plaintiffs was provided pro bono by a team led by Case Hoogendoorn.  During these years the Christian Reformed residents of Cicero also were moving westward and by 1972 the school building had been sold and instruction moved to Elmhurst.  The school having been closed, on 28 February 1972 the lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice.

Biographical Note

The second of seven children, and only son, of Henry and Tryntje (also Tena; née de Haan) Hoogendoorn, Case was born in 1943, in Vinkeveen, Utrecht, the Netherlands.  The family immigrated to the Pella area of Iowa in 1948, where they farmed, as they had done in the Netherlands.  Hoogendoorn graduated from Calvin College, BA, 1966, and from the University of Chicago Law School with a J.D. in 1969.  He began practicing law in Chicago with Kirkland, Ellis, Hodson, Chaffetz & Masters (later Kirkland & Ellis LLP), his specialty became estate, tax, financial, and family business planning.  He was a partner in the firm, 1975-1985. In 1985 Hoogendoorn and Earl Talbot formed their own firm, Hoogendoorn and Talbot LLP, "focused on the legal needs of individuals and families, business entities, and charitable, faith-based, and not-for-profit organizations."

On 6 August 1966 Hoogendoorn and Patricia Jean Kuntz were married in Pella, Iowa.  She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and a special education teacher.  They have three children.  Melissa J. Hoogendoorn De Vries (Calvin College, BA, 1991; University of Illinois-Champaign Urban, JD, 1994) is a partner with Hoogendoorn and Talbot; Lisa M. Hoogendoorn-Daniel (Calvin College, BA, 1993) is a freelance architect in Denver; and Justin H. (Calvin College, BA, 1995; University of Chicago Booth School of Business, MBA, 2002) is a chartered financial analyst in the Chicago area.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 Boxes

Acquisition Source: James LaGrand, 2013

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Timothy School IssueAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Personal Reflection, biographical data --- 1966-2013Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Background Information --- 1965-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence --- 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Newspaper Clippings --- 1969-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 5: U.S. District Court Case (complaint) --- 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Brief in Opposition to Dismiss --- 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Research Cases --- 1970-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Court Summons and Depositions --- 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Newsletter, "Concerned Citizens for Cicero and Berwyn" --- 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Court Case, Deposition of John Pellegrini --- 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Legal Settlement --- 1972Add to your cart.